Collegium Newsletter May 22, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, May 22nd - Day 5

  • 4th Grade Field Trip to Philadelphia Constitution Center and Independence Mall (Ryan, Putt, Deegler, Tripp, and Haldeman)
  • Algebra 1 Keystone Exam
  • 150 Building: Grades 2 & 3 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room #908
  • 150 Building: K & 1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room #802
  • 4th-6th Grade Choirs and Orchestras Spring Concert (Ticketed Event) 6:30pm @ 535 Gym

Tuesday, May 23rd - Day 6

  • 4th Grade: BVA Field Trip (Haldeman AM and Sayler PM)
  • Algebra 1 Keystone Exam
  • 468 Building: K & 1 Art Club (Club A) 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 486 Building Art Room #531
  • HS Baseball Playoff Game @ Delaware County Christian School 4:00pm
  • K-6: Spring Book Fair Family Night 5:00pm - 7:30pm @ 500 Library
  • 6th Grade Reading Olympics @ WC East HS 5:45pm - 9:00pm
  • 2nd & 3rd Choirs and Jr. Orchestra Spring Concert (Ticketed Event) 6:30pm @ 535 Gym

Wednesday, May 24th - Day 1

  • Grades 9-12: Student Council 50/50 Raffle Fundraiser
  • Keystone Make-Up Exams
  • NEHS New Teacher Book Drive Begins
  • 468 Building: K & 1 Art Club (Club B) 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 486 Building Art Room #531
  • HS Girls Lacrosse League Championship Game 3:45pm @ United Sports
  • Middle School Spring Concert (Ticketed Event) 6:30pm @ 535 Gym

Thursday, May 25th - Day 2

  • 4th Grade Field Trip to Philadelphia Constitution Center and Independence Mall (O'Malley, Wolfe, DiCicco, Callis, Sayler, and Koerber/Jackson)
  • Keystone Make-Up Exams
  • 500 Building: Grades 4-6 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 500 Art Room
  • 4th-5th Grade Reading Olympics @ WC East HS 5:45pm - 9:00pm
  • High School Spring Concert (Ticketed Event) 6:30pm @ 535 Gym

Friday, May 26th - Day 3

  • Grades K-6: School Spirit Day - Dream Job Day
  • MS/HS Music Performance Trip to Hershey Park
  • K-6: Spring Book Fair Ends
  • 515 Building Principals' Coffee Chat 8:30am - 9:30am @ 515 Conference Room

2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

The Collegium Charter School Community extends their congratulations to graduating seniors, Alyssa Greenstein and Lydia Carlson. Alyssa is the 2017 senior class Valedictorian and Lydia is the Salutatorian. We are proud of all of your accomplishments throughout your academic careers at Collegium!

Alyssa Greenstein (left), Lydia Carlson (center), and Lydia and Alyssa together (right).

After graduation, Alyssa will attend The George Washington University and Lydia will attend Boston University. Friends since the third grade, the two have already worked out transportation logistics, so they can visit each other and continue the friendship they formed at Collegium.

2017-2018 Child Care and Bussing

If your child needs alternative bussing (within your home school district) for child care arrangements during the 2017-2018 school year, please review the following information.

If your home school district is Coatesville, Downingtown, or West Chester and you wish to use an alternative bus to a daycare, babysitter or bus stop besides your home bus stop, complete the DASD, CASD, or WCASD forms below and return via email it to Mrs. Novak by June 16th.

Alternative bus assignments do not carry over from a previous year. A new form must be completed each school year.

If your plans change after June 16th, please forward your bus request as soon as possible. Requests received by Collegium after July 31st may not be processed by the home school district in time for the start of school.

If your home school district is not mentioned and you have questions regarding bus assignments, please email Mrs. Novak.

Collegium Athletics Accomplishments

Congratulations to the Varsity Baseball team and Varsity Girls Lacrosse team for their recent accomplishments!

The Varsity Baseball team made history! This season, the Cougars earned their first bid into the TCISL Championship game as well as earning a 5-seed in the PIAA District I Playoff Tournament. Congratulations on the League Championship appearance and good luck next week in the 1st round of the District I Tournament. The boys will be traveling to Delaware County Christian School on Tuesday, May 23rd for a 4:00pm start. Please come support the team!

CCS's Varsity Girls' Lacrosse team clinched the regular season title with a 9-5 win over Perkiomen School on Thursday, May 19th. They earned a 1st round bye straight into the League Championship game that will be held at United Sports (Downingtown, PA) on Wednesday, May 24th at 3:45pm. The Cougars finished with an overall record of 12-4 and a league record of 7-1. Come out and support the girls on Wednesday afternoon!

2017 Graduation DVDs for Sale

DVDs of our 2017 Graduation Ceremony are now on sale through CCS Morning News*! Graduation DVDs are being sold for $10.00 each and will include the Graduation Ceremony and the Senior Slideshow.

Orders can be submitted via the Preorder Form (below) by June 5th, with cash payments due June 9th. High school students can purchase DVDs during select lunch periods.

DVDs will be available for pick up during our Summer Break at the 435 Building. Families will be notified of the pick-up date once it is determined.

If you have questions, please email Mrs. Maalouf.

*To learn more about CCS Morning News, visit their website via the link below.

Updates from our Middle School

College and Career Lessons

During the past week, your children were introduced to a program called Naviance during a lesson with their school counselors. Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness tool that helps students and families with post-secondary planning and preparation. Naviance uses a portal called Family Connection, which helps students explore different career options and interests. Students and families are encouraged to continue using Naviance at home. Students may log into their accounts by visiting the link below and entering the same login information used for PowerSchool.

Family Connection allows you to:

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers.
  • Research colleges – Explore different colleges across the United States and beyond.
  • Research careers – Complete learning style and personality assessments, and research hundreds of careers and career clusters.
  • Create plans for the future – Create goals and to-dos, and complete tasks assigned to you by the school to better prepare yourself for your future college and career goals.
  • Apply to college – Request letters of recommendation and transcripts, and research and apply for scholarship opportunities.

We hope that you will find this resource helpful. Your children will continue to learn new aspects of the program as they progress through middle and high school. If you have questions about Naviance or Family Connection, please email one of the Middle School Counselors below.

8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony

Parent/guardians of our 8th grade students are cordially invited to the 8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony on Friday, June 9th. The ceremony will begin at 1:20pm and will be in the 515 Cafeteria. Please arrive early. Parking is available in the 515 Parking Lot. Parents/Guardians are permitted to take their student(s) home after the ceremony, but please sign students our first. Due to limited space, this invitation is for parents/guardians only. Vehicles must clear the 515 Parking Lot by 2:40pm to make room for dismissal traffic. Questions? Please email Ms. Halpin.

New Teacher Book Drive

The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) is sponsoring their 9th Annual NEHS New Teacher Book Drive in the 150, 500, and 468 Buildings. The purpose of this drive is to help new CCS teachers (and teachers changing grade levels) build classroom libraries.

Beginning Wednesday, May 24th, collection boxes will be placed near the entrances of each building through Wednesday, June 7th. Please help classroom libraries blossom and broaden students’ reading selection by donating new and/or gently used books. We appreciate your support!

Questions? Please email Mrs. Hirst.

150 Building Field Day Update

We now have enough parent volunteers for 150 Field Day! Thank you for all of your support. Parent volunteers will receive a confirmation email by Monday, May 22nd.

Student-related field day details will come home via a parent letter next week. Our theme this year is Storybook Land and we are looking forward to a great day!

Specialty Drama Camp

Collegium is proudly offering a new Specialty Drama Camp opportunity during the week of June 19th.

For more information and to start the registration process, please access the Specialty Drama Camp Registration Form, below.

Questions? Please email our Director of Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities, Mr. McCain.

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:

  • Brian Martinez
  • Caleb Fedon
  • Eskine (E.J.) Wollie
  • Breanna Santiago
  • Reva Pendli
  • Nova Katrowski
  • Joshua Peters
  • Rylin Tilling
  • Jason Patterson

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 (10) 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.

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

Our thanks to everyone who came out to the last meeting of the year on Wednesday night. We would also like to thank ALL of the parents/families who have come to HSA meetings throughout the year.

School Stores

The schedule for volunteers is posted through the end of the school year! The students are still excited to be able to shop on Wednesday mornings and at lunch time, but this is only possible if we have volunteers to work the stores. Sign up today!


So many of us shop on Amazon regularly. If you use AmazonSmile and select Collegium Charter School as your charity, a percentage of your everyday purchases is donated back to CCS during checkout.

Uniform Resale Shop

Our Uniform Resale Shop is in need of girls uniform pieces:

  • Skirts
  • Skorts
  • Jumpers
  • White Peter Pan Shirts

If you have any outgrown uniforms, please consider donating to the Uniform Resale Shop. All dontations are tax-deductible and all proceeds go directly to the CCS Uniform Scholaship Fund.

The Uniform Resale Shop is located in the 500 building and is open 9:00am-3:00pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm on school days. View our pricing list via the link below.

Do You Shoparoo?

Did you know that one of the easiest ways to earn money for CCS is by snapping pictures of your receipts?

Shoparoo is a FREE mobile app that turns pictures of your shopping receipts into cash for Collegium! Simply download the app to your mobile device, snap a picture of your receipts from your everyday shopping (grocery stores, gas stations, Target, etc.). Last year we earned over $1,200. Can we top that for this year?

For more information, access the link below.

Community Opportunity

Our Community Opportunity section will not include information about non-CCS fundraisers or information from for-profit companies.

Football and Cheerleading Registration

Coatesville Kid Raiders Football and Cheerleading Walk-On Registration will be every Saturday in June from 10:00am until 12:00pm at Abdala Park in Coatesville. Online registration and additional information is available via the link below.

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

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