Collegium Newsletter April 2, 2018

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, April 2nd

  • School Closed - Spring Break
  • Girls Varsity Lacrosse v. New Hope-Solebury 6:00pm @ New Hope-Solebury

Tuesday, April, 3rd - Day 1

  • School Resumes
  • Grades K-6: HSA Box Tops Classroom Contest Begins (See Article)
  • Boys' and Girls' Varsity Golf v. AIM Academy 3:45pm @ Whitemarsh Valley
  • Girls Varsity Lacrosse v. Cheltenham High School 3:45pm @ United Sports
  • Intramurals: 150 Building 2nd-4th Grades Spring Running Club 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 150 and 515 Building Parking Lots
  • Intramurals: 468/486 Building 2nd-4th Grades Spring Running Club 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 468 Building Parking Lot
  • Intramurals: 5th and 6th Grades Flag Football 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Gym (See Article)

Wednesday, April 4th - Day 2

  • AP In-House Final Exams Begin
  • Boys' Middle School Baseball v. Phoenixville Area School District 3:45pm @ Phoenixville Area School District Field 1 - Baseball
  • Boys' Varsity Baseball v. Phelps School 3:45pm @ Phelps School
  • Intramurals: Spring K-1 Club (150 Building) 4:15pm - 5:30pm (See Article)
  • HSA Public Meeting 4:30pm - 5:30pm @ 535 Cafeteria
  • Science Fair Committee Meeting 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room

Thursday, April 5th - Day 3

  • K-6: Character Counts Dress Down Day - Citizenship - Red/White/Blue Shirt With Uniform Bottoms
  • 535 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 2:00pm @ 535 Conference Room
  • Boys' Varsity Baseball v. West-Mont Christian Academy 3:15pm @ Boot Road Park
  • 150 Elementary Student Council Meeting 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 902
  • Girls Varsity Lacrosse v. Pottstown High School 3:45pm @ United Sports
  • Intramurals: 150 Building 2nd-4th Grades Spring Running Club 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 150 and 515 Building Parking Lots
  • Intramurals: 468/486 Building 2nd-4th Grades Spring Running Club 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 468 Building Parking Lot
  • Intramurals: 5th and 6th Grade Flag Football 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Gym (See Article)
  • Intramurals: Spring K-1 Club (468 Building) 4:15pm - 5:30pm (See Article)
  • Spanish Honor Society Induction Ceremony 6:30pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Auditorium

Friday, April 6th - Day 4

  • Grades 7-12: End of 3rd Marking Period
  • St. Jude's Math-a-Thon Ends
  • K-6 Caps for CURE Fundraiser @ All K-6 Buildings (See Article)
  • Boys' Middle School Baseball v. Calvary Baptist Schools 3:15pm @ Boot Road Park
  • Boys' Varsity Baseball v. Upper Dublin High School 3:45pm @ Upper Dublin High School
  • 515 Building Rec Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Auditorium
  • Canceled: Spanish Honor Society's Bingo Night Fundraiser 6:00pm - 9:00pm @ 535 Cafeteria (See Article)
  • National Elementary Honor Society Annual Pajama Party Read-a-Thon 6:30pm - 9:15pm @ 500 Gym, Library, Cafeteria, Music Room, Art Room,and Classrooms

Reminder: 2018-2019 School Year Calendar Updated

Collegium asks all families to make sure that they are using the most up-to-date 2018-2019 School Year Calendar. We made some changes to the Calendar, including correcting the MLK Jr. Day observance date and updating PSSA and Keystone Exam testing windows. The most current version of the 2018-2019 School Year Calendar is located on Collegium’s website and at the link below.

Please encourage your friends and family to access the newest School Year Calendar version, and to disregard previous versions that may be outdated.

Immigration Unit Culminates in Heritage Fair

Students in Collegium’s 6th Grade recently concluded an exciting unit on Immigration. The unit ended with a Heritage Fair, where students enthusiastically displayed projects that they prepared about their families’ histories and cultures.

According to 6th Grade Teacher Mrs. Rege, “The students have been learning in their Social Studies class about different periods of immigration. We have talked about the struggles and sacrifices students' ancestors made to establish their lives here.” Together, students and teachers researched how people from all over the world came to the United States and contributed their cultures to the “melting pot” that is our country today.

The Heritage Fair was a great celebration of the diversity among Collegium students and their different heritages. Our 6th Grade students were very proud of their projects and the Heritage Fair! One 6th Grader, Mustafa G., shared, “I like expressing who I am and where I’m from, and to show others what my family means to me. It gives me joy. I like learning about other people because you can’t judge everyone. This is a very good idea because people can express where they came from.” Well said, Mustafa! Collegium certainly agrees.

Updated Elementary Recess Policy

Watch the video below to see Mr. Murphy, 500 Building Principal, share details about the recently updated Recess Policy for Elementary students.

Review the full Recess Policy by accessing the link below.

CCS Students Participate in Chester County Science Research Competition

Congratulations to the following students, who represented CCS at the Chester County Science Research Competition on March 13th and 14th:

  • 4th Grade: Mehul R.
  • 5th Grade: Aaron C., Pooja M., and Sisira N.
  • 6th Grade: Andrew C.
  • 7th Grade: Aditi I., Malavika M., and Kenny M.

The Chester County Science Research Competition began 30 years ago with the goal of developing science and technology skills in our future leaders—today’s elementary, middle school, and high school students. The Competition helps motivate and support students’ scientific inquiry and discovery through individual and team projects.

We want to give special congratulations to Mehul, whose Chemistry project received Distinguished Honors; Andrew, who earned an Honorable Mention for his Chemistry project; Aditi, whose Mathematics project received an Honorable Mention; and Malavika, for being awarded 3rd place for her Environmental Science project. All participating students were terrific representatives of Collegium Charter School!

High School Pops Concert to be Rescheduled

Collegium's High School Pops Concert was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 21st, but was postponed due to Winter Storm Toby. Once a new date for the High School Pops Concert is determined, we will share the details with the Collegium Community.

Our fundraiser concert will feature popular music performed by our talented High School musicians playing in various ensembles and combinations. The program includes familiar pieces by The Beatles, Queen, Taylor Swift, Leonard Cohen, and more!

Tickets are $10.00 each, and will be sold at the door (by cash or check payable to “CCS”). All proceeds will go directly toward the May High School Music Trip to Buffalo/Niagara Falls.

NEHS Caps for CURE Annual Fundraiser

The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) ushers in spring every year with its children’s cancer research fundraiser. This year’s fundraiser, “Caps for CURE,” will take place on Friday, April 6th. That day, K-6th Grade students can donate $1.00 to wear a favorite hat or cap to school. In addition to having fun wearing the hat of their choice, students will be supporting children with cancer who often wear caps or hats as they deal with their illness each day.

All proceeds (100%) from the NEHS Caps for CURE fundraiser will be donated to CURE Childhood Cancer research. To learn more about Caps for CURE and the CURE Childhood Cancer organization, visit the website below.

Intramural Program Schedule Changes

Due to the impact of Winter Storm Toby March 20th through March 22nd, several Collegium Athletic Department Intramural Programs have been rescheduled, as follows:

  • K-1 Club (150 Building): Wednesday, April 4th, 4:15pm to 5:30pm, 150 Building Gym
  • K-1 Club (468 Building): Thursday, April 5th, 4:15pm to 5:30pm, 486 Building Gym

The Flag Football Intramural Program will be held from 4:15pm to 5:30pm in the 500 Building Gym on these dates:

  • Tuesday, April 3rd
  • Thursday, April 5th
  • Tuesday, April 10th
  • Thursday, April 12th

Questions about our Intramurals Programs or rescheduled dates? Email Mr. Handley, Intramural Program Coordinator.

Kickball Intramurals Program

Students in 5th and 6th Grades are encouraged to join our Kickball Intramurals Program. ​We will provide a non-competitive environment for your child to become physically active while having fun, learning new skills, developing team building and good sportsmanship traits—all while making new friends.

To participate, please return a $25.00 registration fee and a completed Registration Form (below) by 8:30am on Wednesday, April 11th. Please make your check or Money Order payable to "CCS."

Questions about our Intramurals Programs? Email Mr. Handley, Intramural Program Coordinator.

Spanish Honor Society Bingo Night

The Spanish Honor Society (SHS) will host a Bingo Night in the style of a Mexican Lotería on Friday, April 6th, from 6:00pm-9:00pm in the 535 Building Cafeteria. This fun event will cost $10 per player. Each player will receive 5 Bingo/Lotería cards. Prizes and refreshments will be provided.

The SHS funds significant activities each year at Collegium, including sponsoring students in Grades 8 through 11 who take the National Spanish Exam, and awarding a scholarship to one of SHS’s graduating seniors. Proceeds from the April 6th SHS Bingo Night will help support these activities, as well.

Interested in attending? Please let us know by completing the form below.

Part-Time Food Service Assistants Needed

Looking for part-time employment? We have immediate openings for part-time Food Service Assistants. This position's schedule is Monday through Friday for approximately 25 hours per week on days when school is open. To apply, submit your application or resume via email using the address below.

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Carly Manning-Smith

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week, and allows families and students to get to know them even better. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you will be better able to greet them by name and strike up conversations!

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 Rebecca Ratti, Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator for Grades 7-12.

Pennsylvania System of School Assessments

The annual PSSAs (Pennsylvania System of School Assessments) are just around the corner! Right after Spring Break, students across Pennsylvania will take these assessments in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. Students in Grades 3 through 8 at Collegium will take both the English/Language Arts and Mathematics PSSAs, and 4th through 8th Graders will take the Science PSSA.

Pennsylvania uses the PSSAs to gauge how well its schools are educating students in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology. The results are assessed using related Pennsylvania Academic Standards. PSSAs also provide students, parents, and educators with a useful snapshot of what each student knows in these areas.

Preparing your children at home for the PSSAs begins with making sure that they get regular and adequate rest, exercise, and a healthy diet. These basic steps are extremely important to helping your child maintain focus throughout the test. Rest, physical activity, and proper nutrition can also help to decrease test anxiety some students may experience.

Here are some other ways you can help at home to make the PSSAs a positive experience for your children:

  • Make sure that they are in school and on time for each day of testing.
  • Remind your children that the PSSAs are just a chance for them to show what they know and how much they have learned this year.
  • Take time to relax together by doing calming activities your family enjoys, like taking a walk, playing outside, listening to music, or reading a favorite story.
  • Build your children’s confidence by supporting and praising them for the things they do well. (It will help them tremendously to be reminded that you believe in them!)
  • If your children seem confused or anxious about the PSSAs, please encourage them to reach out to their teachers for help and guidance.
  • Ask questions that promote problem-solving, creativity, and applications of skills in real-life situations.
  • Build vocabulary through games and puzzles, especially those designed for your child’s age level. Suggestions include crossword puzzles, word games, anagrams, cryptograms, and board games.
  • Review the PSSA Student Code of Conduct, Electronic Devices Policy, and Calculator Policy with your students (see below).

Collegium’s teachers have been working hard all year with your children. They are among your best resources for PSSA support! Please contact your child’s teacher with questions or concerns, or for more specific English/Language Arts, Mathematics, or Science information.

Questions? Email Mrs. Ammon if your child is in Grades 3-6. If your child is in Grades 7 or 8, please email Mrs. Ratti.

Investigate the resources linked below for more information on PSSAs and test preparation.

Reminder: Upcoming PSSA Testing

PSSA testing for Grades 3 to 8 begins Tuesday, April 10th, and will follow the schedule below. It is important that students are well-rested, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on time for their assessments.

English/LA (Tuesday, April 10 to Thursday, April 12th)

  • Grades 3-6: 8:40am-10:40am
  • Grades 7-8: 7:48am-10:47am

Math (Tuesday, April 17th to Wednesday, April 18th)

  • Grades 3-6: 8:40am-10:40am
  • Grades 7-8: 7:48am-10:47am

Science (Tuesday, April 24th to Wednesday, April 25th)

  • Grade 4: 8:40am-10:40am
  • Grade 8: 7:48am-10:47am

Update: Camp Collegium 2018 Waiting Lists

Registration for Camp Collegium 2018 is still open! Although most weeks have reached camper capacity (see the list below), registrations for those weeks are still being accepted, but will be placed on the Camp Collegium 2018 waiting list in case there are cancellations. Registrations are still being accepted for the open week, as well (also listed below).

Camp Collegium weeks that are full (but for which we are accepting waiting list registrations):

  • June 25th - 29th
  • July 9th - 13th
  • July 16th - 20th

The following week is rapidly approaching camper capacity; less than 10 spaces remain:

  • July 2nd - July 6th

Visit the Summer Camps page of our website for additional details about Camp Collegium 2018 and registration. If you are ready to submit registration information now, please use the link below. Questions? Email Ms. Horsey, Director of Child Care Programs.

3rd Annual 5K Cougar Classic Coming Soon

On Saturday, April 21st, Collegium will host its 3rd Annual 5K Cougar Classic. Race Day activities include: A competitive 5K Race, 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a Kids' Dash. Sign up by April 1st to guarantee your offical 3rd Annual 5K Cougar Classic T-Shirt!

Registration is gaining speed! Come join your family, friends, and community members for a fun morning at CCS.

Proceeds of the 3rd Annual 5K Cougar Classic go to specific needs in each Collegium building. For online registration, information, and details on becoming a sponsor, visit the 5K Cougar Classic website via the link below.

Obtaining Approval for 2017-2018 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.

Access the Approval of Planned Absence Form at the link provided.

West Whiteland Police Department 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 provide information quickly and directly to the WWPD.

The email address and phone line are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. We encourage anyone with information concerning suspected criminal activity to contact the WWPD using the email address, or by leaving a voicemail message on the WWPD phone 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 our Building Principals:

From the CCS Home and School Association (HSA)

The CCS HSA serves in a capacity similiar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). We owe our success to the efforts of our many parent, teacher, and staff volunteers!

Pawsitive Praise

Thank you to the families who ordered discounted Hershey Park Tickets! Watch our HSA Facebook page for information about when and where your tickets will be available for pick-up.

Spring Box Tops Contest

Box Tops are in Bloom this spring at Collegium Charter School! It’s time for another fun classroom collection contest!

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for Collegium. Each Box Top is worth 10¢! Just look for the Box Tops coupon on hundreds of products that you probably already own. Clip them, and send them to school.

The fun part of clipping Box Tops is the friendly competition between classrooms in each K-6 CCS building. The contest will run from Tuesday, April 3rd through Friday, April 20th. Simply send your clipped Box Tops (attached to the collection sheet, or in sealed plastic bags or envelopes) to your child’s teacher.

We will collect Box Tops and keep a tally for each classroom. The class in each building (150, 468/486, and 500) that collects the most Box Tops will receive a special prize in May!

For more Box Tops information, including a list of participating products, access the link below. Be sure to sign up as a member of the site (for free!), so you can check out Collegium’s earnings and access coupons and bonus offers.

If you have questions, please email the HSA Officers directly. Thanks for your participation, and happy clipping!

Save the Dates

1. Chick-fil-A Spirit Night: Wednesday, April 11th from 4:30pm until 7:30pm (Downingtown and Lionville locations)

2. Teacher Appreciation Week: May 7th - May 11th

3. HSA Outgrown & Vendor Sale: Saturday, May 19th. If you are interested in planning, volunteering, or being a vendor, let us know via the link below.

HSA Outgrown & Vendor Sale

Get ready CCS, the HSA is hosting our first Outgrown and Vendor Sale on Saturday, May 19th!

This is your opportunity to clear out those closets of outgrown kids' clothes in good condition. We will accept children's clothes and shoes in all sizes, in addition to sporting equipment, toys, books, video games, and even CCS Uniforms (with a fee to the Scholarship Fund). Consignor registration is now open exclusively to CCS families.

Consignors: Please complete the online registration (link is below), and read the Consignor Guidelines provided. Signed Consignor Agreements (also below) must be returned to school before April 13th to the attention of "HSA Outgrown & Vendor Sale."

Vendor spots will be available on a first come, first served basis. One vendor per company will be accepted. We cannot accept prepared food vendors. Registration is now open exclusively to CCS families through April 1st. Beginning April 2nd, registration will open to the general public, as well.

Vendors: Please register online using the link provided. Vendors must review the Vendor Guidelines and return a signed Vendor Agreement (in hard copy) to Collegium by April 13th. Please mark your envelopes "Attn: HSA Outgrown & Vendor Sale."

Join us for our next planning meeting: Sunday, April 8th, at 2:00pm in the 535 Building Cafeteria. (Enter the 535 Building via the rear entrance furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance.)

If you are not available on Sunday, April 8th, but want to help with the planning, let us know by completing our Contact Information form.

HSA Co-President Needed for 2018-2019

Interested in joining the HSA, collaborating with HSA Officers, and helping to move the organization and its goals forward? The position of HSA Co-President will be available at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. An election for the position will be held at our May HSA meeting. For more information, please email the HSA Officers directly.

HSA Social Media Chair Wanted

The HSA uses Facebook to communicate with the Collegium Community. We need your help to develop, organize, and post photos and content. Interested? Please email the HSA Officers directly.

Elementary School Store Volunteers Needed!

Collegium's Elementary students love the School Stores! The HSA needs your help to open School Stores in Buildings 150, 468, 486, and 500 for students every Wednesday before school and at lunchtime. Please sign up to volunteer today! Clearances are required.

Ongoing Fundraisers


Simply shop at AmazonSmile and choose Collegium Charter School as your charity. A percentage of your purchase will be donated back to CCS!

Ongoing Fundraisers


Download the free app, shop as you normally do, and then snap a picture of your receipt to earn money for Collegium.

Upcoming HSA Monthly Meeting

The next HSA General Meeting will be Wednesday, April 4th, at 4:30pm in the 535 Cafeteria.

The rear entrance of the 535 Building, furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance.

Please enter the 535 Building via the rear entrance (shown in photo) furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance. Building access is not available after 4:45pm.

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.

2018 Pi Wars USA Experience

Achievement House Cyber Charter School is inviting local MS/HS students to participate in its 2018 Pi Wars USA Experience Event on Saturday, May 19th, between 11:00am and 3:00pm. This is a family opportunity to: Learn about Raspberry Pi Robotics; try, bring, or build a Raspberry Pi Car; program a car; compete with other Raspberry Pi cars; and more. General participation is free, but registration is requested. Pre-registration and a materials fee are required for the optional Build-a-Pi Workshop. For information and to register, visit the website link below. Questions? Email the event at the link provided.

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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