Collegium Newsletter November 28, 2016

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Nov. 28th - Day 4

  • K-12: CCST Candy Gram Fundraiser Begins
  • MS/HS Chick-fil-A Calendar Sales End

Tuesday, Nov. 29th - Day 5

Wednesday, Nov. 30th - Day 6

Thursday, Dec. 1st - Day 1

  • NHS Induction Ceremony 6:30pm @ 535 Library

Friday, Dec. 2nd - Day 2

  • Early Dismissal for Students (Grades 7-12: 11:30am and Grades K-6: 12:15pm)
  • Grades K-6: School Spirit Day - Wear Your Favorite Team Jersey/Shirt
  • Holiday Drop and Shop Fundraiser (Benefits Elementary Band) 5:00pm -9:00 pm @ 515 Auditorium and Cafeteria
  • HS Open Mic. & Coffee Night Sponsored by Tri-M and Student Council 6:00pm - 9:30pm @ 535 Library, Cafeteria

Saturday, December 3rd

  • 2017-2018 New Student Enrollment Open House 8:30am - 12:00pm. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors! Learn more by viewing/sharing the video below.

Community Helper Day

Our First Grade Community Helper Day was a huge success! The 468 Building started their morning by meeting first responders from Chester County, introduced by CCS Campus Safety Coordinator, Mr. Duffy.

Representatives from Chester County Dept. of Emergency Services, West Whiteland Police Dept., West Whiteland Fire Company, Uwchlan Ambulance Corps, and West Chester Regional SWAT all participated in our event.

The students enjoyed meeting all the responders but especially, Remy, the police dog. After meeting all the first responders, students had the opportunity to go outside and check out the emergency response vehicles.

Students climbed inside vehicles including patrol cars, ambulances, and the Chester County Incident Support Team trailer.

In the afternoon, students had the opportunity to meet with some more community helpers. They spent time learning from two different Nurses, a Florist, a Master Carpenter, and even a Karate Master.

Over in our 150 Building, The First Grade students also celebrated Community Helper Day by enjoying several activities. Prior to Community Helper Day, students completed a take-home project by filling-out job applications to be a community helpers in a fictional neighborhood. The children were also given the opportunity to dress up as their choice of community helper. Then, during Community Helper Day, the students came to school prepared to present their applications and did so in front of their classmates and teachers.

Campus Traffic Reminder

When driving on our campus, please remember to always follow the traffic and safety signs. Examples include:

  • Stop For Pedestrians
  • No Stopping or Standing
  • No Left Turn

These signs are there for several reasons, the most important being the safety of our students, staff, and visitors. Also, please only park in designated parking areas, not in the marked Fire Lanes.

We appreciate your cooperation to help ensure everyone's safety.

Elementary School Spirit Days

Our Elementary Student Council invites all K-6 students to participate in our five Spirit Days to show your CCS spirit. Spirit Days are spread throughout the school year to keep our school spirit going strong until to the end of the school year.

Please add the following dates and themes to your calendars and start planning your outfits now:

  1. Friday, December 2nd – Favorite Team Day: Wear your favorite team jersey or shirt.
  2. Friday January 6th – Mismatch Day: Dress in mismatched clothing, (stripes, plaid, polka dots, etc.).
  3. Friday, March 3rd - Decade Day: Dress like your favorite decade (60s, 80s, etc.).
  4. Friday, May 26th - Dream Job Day: Dress like the career you want to be.
  5. Friday, June 9th - Class Color Day: Each grade level wears a specific color (K - yellow, 1st - orange, 2nd - red, 3rd - blue, 4th - green, 5th - white, and 6th - black).

Questions? Contact Ms. Campbell.

Toys for Tots

Beginning Monday, November 28th and ending Friday, December 9th, Collegium will partner with Toys for Tots to collect new, unwrapped toys for local children in need. Donation boxes will be located in all CCS buildings. As a reminder, our Home & School Association is sponsoring a fundraiser at Five Below. Purchase toys at Five Below for our Toys for Tots collection using the HSA's flier and CCS will earn 10% of your purchase price. More details are available on the HSA Five Below Flyer, below.

Candy Grams

The cast and crew of Collegium Center Stage Theatre's (CCST) upcoming production of The Music Man are selling Candy Grams from Monday, November 28th until Friday, December 9th.

Candy Grams cost $1.00 each and include candy and a personal message. They will be distributed across campus on Friday, December 16th. If you would like to send a student or employee a Candy Gram, please print out the form below and follow the directions.

Please note - Candy Grams must be purchased with cash (no coins, please!) and orders must be received by Friday, December 9th. Late orders will not be accepted.

Questions? Please email Ms. Stell.

Dual Enrollment Spring Registration

Attention Juniors, Seniors, and their Families

A representative from Delaware County Community College (DCCC) will be on campus on Tuesday, December 13th to assist students in registering for Spring Semester classes. All students interested in registering or applying to the Dual Enrollment program at DCCC should email Mrs. Wolfe for additional information.

HS Coffee House and Open Mic Night

Student Council and Tri-M Music Honor Society are hosting a Coffee House and Open Mic Night for students in grades 9-12. High school students are invited to our free event on Friday, December 2nd from 6:00pm until 9:00pm in the 535 Building Library.

There will be free food, games, and plenty of fun! Henna tattoos will also be available for $5.00, so remember to bring cash! We hope to see all HS students there and look forward to good music, great jokes, and general merriment. Questions? Email Mr. Schneider.

CCS Science Fair

Interested in signing up for the CCS Science Fair? Do so on the CCS Science Fair website. If you need to change your title at any time, just re-submit the same form again. The website also includes important dates and tips.

Questions? Contact Ms. Yanoviak (Kindergarten) or Mrs. Tobin (1st-12th grades).

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 these days of absence to be excused.

500 Building Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hardworking students who achieved Honor Roll for the first trimester!

Sixth Grade High Honors

GPA of 93% or better, and no grade below 85%.

Lilyanna Alvarez, Mackenzie Barton, Anand Bohm, Brian Campbell, Michelle Canel, Nicholas Carabio, Teilo Castro, Ava Colon, Joshua Franck, Patrick Gallagher, Mark Hinlo, Kylie Hogg, Abigail Holton, Nicholas Kiley, Melanie Luong, Abhishek Mahesh, Addison Mann, Brian McCoy, Sophia Morrison, Jordan Nagle, Grace O'Brien, Lyndsey Reef, Mitchell Russum, Ethan Rutkowski, Timothy Salmon, Carina Sanchez Valdez, and Rose Sethachutkul.

Sixth Grade Honors

GPA of 85% or better, and no grade below 85%.

Olivia Brusco, Cecilia Buchanan, Brielle Burgess, Dahlia Coen, Conner Erich, Kaela Harmon, Adam Johnson, Kristina Kaiser, Austin Leslie, Nile Mahmood, Kendall Radwick, Elizabeth Riehl, Josue Roman, Grace Steimel, Iman Tariq, and Bowen Whiteman.

Fifth Grade High Honors

GPA of 93% or better, and no grade below 85%.

Isabella Agatone, Saereen Ahmed, Devon Anderson, MacKenzie Anderson, Ian Bailey, Alexander Bochnowicz, Kylie Borden, Hailey Burke, Luis Colmenares-Bittar Jr, Lindsey Compton, Riya Desai, Venkat Devabhakthuni, Dominique Dillard, Brandon Erskine, Alexander Fedor, Andrew Fedor, Sara Fisher, Kereagan Gallant, Nicholas Gross, Ian Hackett, Zuri Harris, Raiann Hawes, Breyanna Heidler, Nathan Hitchens, Reginald Holmes, Hooria Iqbal, Eesha Jadhav, Rishab Jain, Gurleen Kaur, Clayton Krieger, Shubham Kulkarni, Caitlin Lamplugh, Joash Linson, Leen Madanat, Chaitra Moligi, Preston Moore, Sienna Morales, Alexa Mork, Dhriti Munagala, Aaron Myrie, Odote Ondiek, Sydney Pryor, Paige Ramsey, Maya Ranish, Olin Rubinow, Itzel Salgado, Evan Schnitzius, Foram Shah, Ishan Shah, Pranav Shenoy, Delaney Simerly, Nicholas Steinfeldt, Matthew Thomas, Mia Toman, Jordan Toth, Jordan Vollrath, and Jack Wolf.

Fifth Grade Honors

GPA of 85% or better, and no grade below 85%.

Emily Anderson, Sophia Anderson, Lukas Carlson, Andrew Carver, Logan Ewing, Kenneth Gottman, Gabrielle Green, Penelope Lang, Justin Mathew, Elliott Ng, Stephen Ohrn, Yash Patel, Aryana Pugh, Kevin Sanchez, Shawn Sims, Keyaira Tozer, and Jacqueline Weer.

Fourth Grade High Honors

GPA of 93% or better, and no grade below 85%.

Ricardo Albarran-Rodriguez, Rylan Alderman, Marek Bako, Madison Baldwin, Cameron Bershas, Mallory Bogle, Ethan Burr, Nasiir Campbell, Manan Chheda, Karen Chin, Aaron Colella, Juan Colmenares-Bittar, Jacob Comarato, Ashley Coria-Flores, Judith De Jesus Marcial, Monika DeSpirito, Norah DeTurck, Erin Dolan, Anya Drew, Melisa Finafrock, Shane Fossett, Elliot Fraser, Autumn Frost, Colin Gallagher, Sofia Garzon, Bennett Geibel, Maura Haughey, Omar Helali, Sarah Houpt, Sean Ihlenfeld, Lauren Jackson, Lourdes Jimenez, Hayden Katzor, Shane Keeler, Emma Keen, Noah Keen, Sofia Keith, Vrishti Kulkarni, Ridhi Kumar, Juliana Lane, Sophia Le, Jack Lioumis, Kayla Lusby, Hunter Mack, Xavier McClanahan, Andrew McFarlane, Zachary McFarlane, Sakshi Mehta, Eric Morrison, Srija Nagam, Alice Newlin, Sisira Noolu, Samantha Ocran, Ebunoluwa Ojikutu, Isabella Ortiz, Logan Peters, David Rager, Jason Rice, Michael Riehl, Julius Rigo, Leila Rubin, Fiona Rupp, Elsa Sagers, Saena Sarkari, Keira Seegmueller, Alexander Shank, Devanshi Sharma, Brady Sharp, Rachael Smith, Ayden Smith-Ford, Lily Spears, Evelyn Staehle, Wesley Steiger, Maya Weeks, Lunden Wilkinson-Diaz, Naomi Wright, and William Wynne.

Fourth Grade Honors

GPA of 85% or better, and no grade below 85%.

Grace Anderson, Ashleigh Batdorf, Ian Bershas, Roxanne Boyer, Liam Brady, James Bruton, Dylan Butts, Coriana DiBerardino, Daniel Dolan, Joaquin Fernandes, Laila Jones, Nikki McGill, Bennett Miller, Ashley Mugo, Ayaan Nisaar, Vamsi Padivetu, Abigayle Prinder, Ibrahim Rana, Re'Shaun Reed, Boden Riehl, Jacqueline Sanchez Castaneda, Isaac Smith, Eric Soderland, Sophia Swint, Brooke Taylor, Srija Vemuri, Lanorde Wheeler III, and Aneyah Williams.

150 Building Honor Roll

Congratulations to our hardworking students who achieved Honor Roll for the first trimester!

Third Grade High Honors

GPA of 93% or better, and no grade below 85%.

Victoria Agatone, Ryanne Allen, Ryleah Avery, Meredith Baccile, Nia Badgujar, Althea Balmonte, Connor Bergman, Gabrielle Bookard, Zoey Borys, Matilda Bruton, Allison Burke, Lily Copeland, Hailey Crane, Devyn Davenport, Charlotte Dawson, Abigail DePietropaolo, Avery Dunn, Caleb Fedon, Marin Gaspari, Miyako Glemser, Brody Golder-Marinari, Gavin Gonzalez, Landon Gustafson, Laney Harlan, Camille Holman, Warrin John, Joshua Jones-Pinilla, Rishan Joseph, Ishaan Karamchandani, Ryleigh Kerrigan, Lilian Kiedaisch, Alexander Kouras, Aydia MacGuire, Sahana Manigandan, Gael Martinez-Samaniego, Max Martini, Adonis Miller, Lillian Miller, Brianna Mulvaney, Samantha Mungai, Malin Neff, Prisha Negi, Isabelle Newman, Avery Noel, Mason Norris, Rowen O'Brien, Patrick O'Hara II, Madelyn Okolowicz, Starlie Ouellette, Anthony Pandosh, Emma Patten, Alyssa Perry, Anastasia Podolak, Caleb Pryor, Brent Quigley, Viraaj Randhawa, Misha Rao, Hailey Regener, Mohib-ur Rehman, Aras Reid, Aidan Rieder, Casey Rodriguez, Mehul Rojy, Isabella Sanchez, Nishant Saraswat, Dylan Scarani, Rosalinda Segarra, Ella Seijo, George Simeone, Ava Smith, Aidan Soler, Presley Solt, Sadie Staszowski, Bailey Strobridge, Samantha Strohm, Jason Thankachan, Jahsirra Thomas, Mathias Tocto, Ashton Ulmer, Michael Van Remoortel, Kathryn Vilchock, Max Widner, and Joshua Young.

Third Grade Honors

GPA of 85% or better, and no grade below 85%.

Lauren Ayers, Zackery Baldwin, Noah Boone, Deanna Carbajal-Avila, Asher Chaney, Sophia Compton, Julianna Cotter, Samantha Egolf, Campbell Elkins, Gabriel Ercolino, Hailey Feltcher, Brogan Fleitz, Grant Geers, Zaden Green, Evan Gross, Leeloo Hart, Jesus Hernandez, Madeline Hicks, Carson Holmes, Declan Jamison, Kiersten Keyes, Charlotte Kupski, Keegan Locke, Caitlin Long, Shawn Mawson, Courtney Melcher, Kevin Murphy, Aidan Palloni, Casey Pasbjerg-Albright, Denzel Robinson, Hanna Saad, Madelyn Schuibbeo, Abiha Shahid, Braydon Spina, Carrington Taylor, Karina Thomas, Nasira Towles, Shaina Ulmer, Alexandra Van Remoortel, Chase Wakefoose, Adeline Wu, Jackson Young, and Ashley Zavaleta.

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!

Character Counts

Grades K-6th Character Development Program: Fairness, Responsibility, Respect, Citizenship, Trustworthiness, and Caring.

Here at Collegium, students are recognized by staff for their good character and their names and photos are added to the Good Character Walls. We have new additions to our Good Character Walls:

  • Rohitha Mahamkali
  • Preston Ward
  • Chloe Golonka
  • Tripp Dolan
  • Ellis Robinson
  • Cameron Alexander
  • Luis Valdez
  • Mia Alvarez
  • Jasmine Bowman
  • Niyanna Warren
  • Sela Butts
  • Zaden Green
  • Mohibur Rehman
  • Ryan Bonanni

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

Thanks to everyone who came out for our November meeting. We had some great ideas and are looking forward to an exciting second half of the school year filled with fun and memorable events!

Five Below Fundraiser

Want to earn money for Collegium while completing your holiday shopping? Bring our flyer (below, printed or on your mobile device) to Five Below, show it to your cashier and 10% of your purchase price will be donated back to Collegium. Our fundraiser runs until Saturday, December 31st.


As you are beginning your holiday shopping, remember that you can raise money for the HSA just by shopping on Amazon! Use the link below to shop AmazonSmile and select Collegium Charter School as your charity. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to our school.

Direct HSA Donations

Are you looking to give a less-traditional gift this holiday season? Consider a direct donation to the HSA in your student's name or your family's name.

All donations are tax-deductible and all funds raised by the HSA benefit Collegium programs including field trip scholarships, uniform scholarships, and even the 468 playground fund. There are two ways to donate:

1. Print the form below and return to school with cash or check in an envelope marked "ATTN: HSA".

2. Visit to make your donation online using the link below.

Box Tops Competition

Our friendly little competition for CCS students ends Wednesday, November 30th!

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our Collegium. Each one is worth 10¢! To participate, keep clipping and sending in your Box Tops. To make it even easier, access the link below and check out all of the products participating in the Box Tops campaign.

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

School Store — Stores are open every Wednesday in the morning and at lunchtime. Due to the overwhelming success of the school stores we have added additional slots for volunteers! Please sign up by using the link below.

Uniform Resale Shop — Our children are growing and the weather is changing. Check out our Uniform Resale Shop for good-condition uniforms at greatly reduced prices. Have your students outgrown their uniforms? Please consider donating good-condition uniforms to our Uniform Resale Shop. All Uniform Resale Shop sales go directly into the Uniform Scholarship Fund, benefiting CCS families in need. If you are interested in helping to sort, organize and shelve uniform donations, please sign up below.

HSA Now on Facebook

Collegium’s Home & School Association is officially on Facebook! Everything you need to know about the HSA in one place, including information about each of our committees, upcoming events and fundraisers, even volunteer opportunities. Visit us today!

HSA Meeting Update

Our next meeting, originally scheduled for December, has been canceled. Now, please plan to join us Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30pm in the 435 Building Conference Room. Not sure you can attend, but still want to be involved? Let us know! Just complete our interest form below.

Volunteers Needed - 535 Career Day

On Friday, January 13th, Collegium will be hosting a Career Day for our 9th-12th grade students. We are looking for parents/guardians and community members to give career presentations from 8:00-11:00am.

Volunteers will make 20-minute presentations sharing their careers and answering questions. Our main objective is to give each of our students a glimpse of a number of careers and career opportunities.

Interested? Questions? Please email Ms. Barry and please respond no later than Friday, December 16th. Your support and encouragement for our students is greatly appreciated!

Community Opportunities

While CCS does not endorse programs occurring outside CCS or included in this Newsletter section, we pass along information on community opportunities CCS families may want to explore.

CCS Winter Tree at Longwood Gardens

CCS was once again accepted into the juried Children's Tree show. This year we are excited for the inclusion of our high school students' contributions to the tree. The exhibition will be available for viewing now through January 8th. Please check Longwood Gardens' website for ticketing information. Some days require timed-tickets.

Chesco Pops Holiday Concerts

Under the direction of Music Director Joseph Gehring, the Chesco Pops will be performing their Holiday series at two locations in Chester County.

  • Sunday, December 11, 7:00PM at Immaculata University
  • Friday, December 16, 7:00PM at Unionville High School.

Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors, and FREE for all children and students! Tickets are available at the door or online via the link below.

The Chesco Pops will be joined by soprano Lyndsay Varsaci, alto Georgia LaRue, tenor Daniel K. Williams, and bass Michael Spaziani, members of the Brandywine Singers, singing classics like "I’ll Be Home for Christmas" as well as the popular song "Believe" from “Polar Express.” There will be plenty of fun and great music, all for “kids from one to ninety-two.”

Collegium Main Number


Campus Main Office Extensions

  • 468/486 Building: ext. 6401
  • 150 Building: ext. 6811
  • 500 Building: ext. 6106
  • 515 Building: ext. 6336
  • 535 Building: ext. 6602

All content for the Newsletter must be submitted by 7:00am on Thursday via email to Our Community Opportunities section will not include information about non-CCS fundraisers or information from for-profit companies. CCS reserves the right to edit submissions and deny material for submission if deemed inappropriate or if it is determined to be of little or no interest to CCS families.

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