Collegium Newsletter September 25, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Sept. 25th

  • No School for Students (Professional Development Day for Faculty/Staff)
  • HSA Fall Box Tops Fundraising Contest Begins
  • High School Volleyball 4:00pm @ Academy of the New Church

Tuesday, Sept. 26th - Day 1

  • 150 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 827
  • 150 Building: Grades K & 1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 908
  • High School Soccer 3:45pm @ AIM Academy
  • Middle School Cross Country 3:45pm @ Coventry Christian School
  • Middle School Girls' Volleyball 3:45pm @ 535 Gym
  • 468/486 Building: Grades K & 1 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 468 Art Room, Rm. 425

Wednesday, Sept. 27th - Day 2

  • Middle School Soccer 3:45pm @ Kimberton Waldorf
  • 468/486 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 486 Art Room, 532
  • High School Cross Country 4:00pm @ Church Farm School

Thursday, Sept. 28th - Day 3

  • NEHS Induction Ceremony and Reception 6:00pm @ 500 Cafeteria
  • High School Soccer 3:45pm @ Renaissance Academy
  • 500 Building: Grades 5 & 6 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 500 Building Room 228

Friday, Sept. 29th - Day 4

  • Grades K-12: Cougar Challenge - Wear PE Uniform or Cougar Gear with Uniform PE Bottoms and Sneakers
  • HSA Fall Box Tops Fundraising Contest Ends
  • Yankee Candle Fundraiser Sponsored by MS/HS Music Department Begins
  • 515 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 7:00am - 8:00am @ 515 Conference Room
  • High School Soccer 3:45pm @ Phelps School
  • Middle School Girls' Volleyball 3:45pm @ 535 Gym
  • High School Volleyball vs. Faith Christian Academy 5:15pm @ 535 Gym
  • 5th Grade Rec Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 500 Gym and Classrooms

CCS Students Boosting Morale At School Damaged By Hurricane Irma

In demonstrating ways to foster great character, first grade students in Mrs. Ely's class used skills learned in Writer's Workshop to create Welcome Back cards for children at Allen Park Elementary School in Fort Myers, Florida.

After their school building was damaged by Hurricane Irma, the children of Allen Park Elementary anticipate returning to their school on Monday, September 25th, after a two-week hiatus related to required repairs. Many of the children's homes suffered major destruction and they are still without power.

Mrs. Ely's first graders are aiding an effort to fill the school's hallways with cards to boost morale for the returning children and teachers. Her students' generosity, character, and confidence in writing are overflowing, as evidenced by this activity.

This project was inspired by former CCS teacher, Ms. Shelley Endrey. Ms. Endrey previously taught second grade at Collegium, but moved to Florida and began teaching at Allen Park Elementary. When asked how Collegium could assist Ms. Endrey and her Allen Park Elementary students, Ms. Endrey suggested the cards as a way to brighten the hallways and spirits of children, teachers, and parents upon their return. We are thrilled to take part in this project!

2017 Cougar Challenge

The Cougar Challenge is our walk/exercise-a-thon to raise money for our Home & School Association (HSA). The HSA provides financial support to Collegium by sponsoring student-oriented projects, hosting special events for families, providing additional funds for classroom materials, and offering scholarships for uniforms and field trips.

Why walking and exercising? To acknowledge the walking required by volunteers and Collegium founders to secure the 1,000+ signatures from community members in support of initially opening Collegium. This year’s event will be held Friday, September 29th. Additional information is provided below.

Last year, our families raised over $20,000 and we want to exceed that amount for 2017-2018. and if each CCS family solicits just $100 in donations, we will far exceed our goal. If credit card donations are preferable for your family and friends, use the link below.

Special thanks to Latsha, Davis, McKenna and PNC who are sponsoring this year’s event and to our other corporate donors who have been so generous to Collegium – BeneServ, FlynnO’Hara, Charter Choices, and BB&T – The Addis Group.

3rd Annual Collegium Cougar Classic 5K

Save the date! Our 3rd Annual Collegium Cougar Classic 5K Walk, Run, and Kids' Dash will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Event details and registration information will be sent out after Winter Break. Lace up those shoes and start training. We hope to see you there!

Elementary Intramural Programs

The deadline for the Running Intramural program has been extended until Wednesday, September 27th.

Registration is currently open for our Soccer and Cougar F.I.T. Club intramural programs.

Cougar F.I.T. Club is a new program this year, incorporating a series of activities designed to promote an active lifestyle and encouraging students to have fun while making new friends. The age-appropriate activities include games and challenges often found in the elementary physical education classroom.

To register, complete and return the appropriate registration form with payment by Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Registration forms are available on Collegium's Intramurals page.

Participant rosters will be posted on the CCS Intramurals webpage. Soccer will be posted on October 6, 2017. Cougar F.I.T. Club rosters will be posted on October 11, 2017. Participating families will also be notified via email message.

Questions? Please email our Intramural Program Coordinator, Mr. Handley.

Principals' Coffee Chats

Last year, Collegium Principals welcomed parents/guardians to their building-specific Coffee Chats. Coffee Chats offer parents/guardians the opportunity to join our Principals for coffee and informal conversation covering the school, events, and academic programming.

In his Coffee Chat Invitation video, Collegium Middle School Principal, Mr. Sterious, invites families to his building for his first scheduled Coffee Chat of the 2017-2018 school year.

Below you will see the first scheduled Coffee Chat for each CCS building. The full list of Coffee Chat dates are available by searching the Collegium Calendar for "coffee".

  • 515 Building: Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, 7:00-8:00am @ 515 Conference Room
  • 468/486 Building: Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017, 5:00-6:00pm @ 486 Conference Room
  • 500 Building: Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017, 2:30-3:30pm @ 500 Conference Room
  • 535 Building: Thursday, Oct 5, 2017, 2:00pm @ 535 Conference Room
  • 150 Building: Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017, 7:30am @ 150 Conference Room, Rm. 825

Backpack Check

2016-2017 Student-Specific PSSA/Keystone Parent Information will be sent home with current 4th-8th grade students and HS students on Wednesday, September 27th. Only students who took the PSSAs or Keystones at Collegium last school year will be provided with the report to bring home via backpacks.

Questions? Please contact your child's building Principal.

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!

500 Book Fair Volunteers Needed

It's Book Fair time in the 500 Building!

Parent volunteers are needed to assist Mrs. Wallace (pictured) at the Book Fair October 9th through 17th. The Book Fair hours are from 8:00am until 3:00pm. Using the SignUpGenius link below, please sign up for as many one hour time slots as you can. All volunteers must have clearances and related information is posted on the Volunteering page of our website.

Questions? Please email Mrs. Wallace.

Learn more about Mrs. Wallace by viewing her 2016-2017 Employee Spotlight video.

Help Wanted at CCS

1. Custodian

Full-time, school year position. Duties include sweeping, mopping, empty trash, cafeteria set-up, and other duties as assigned.

2. Food Service Positions

Part-time, approximately 25 hours per week, Monday through Friday on days when school is open.

3. Substitute Nurses

Full or half day when a School Nurse is absent or to accompany students on a field trip. PA Nursing License required.

4. Substitute Receptionists

Full or half day when Building Receptionists are unable to report to work. Experience working in an office setting is required.

To Apply

Submit your application or resume via email to our Human Resources (HR) Department.

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!

What is the HSA?

The HSA promotes communication, cooperation, understanding, and active participation between parents/guardians and Collegium. We are responsible for planning fundraisers and events throughout the year. The funds that we raise help support many programs at Collegium including Uniform Scholarships, Teacher and Principal Funds, Field Trip Scholarships, and many others.

Want to join us? Complete our interest form and we will reach out to you! You can also connect directly with the HSA via our HSA Facebook Page and get the most up to date information on events, fundraisers, and volunteer opportunities.

Pawsitive Praise

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with our KidStuff Coupon Book fundraiser! Also, thanks to all the families who have already submitted orders or returned their books. If you haven't returned your unwanted KidStuff Coupon Book yet, please do so ASAP.

National Box Tops Week

National Box Tops for Education Week is September 24th through September 30th and the HSA is celebrating with a K-6th grade clipping drive!

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. To participate in our clipping drive, simply clip, collect, and send your Box Tops to Collegium. Although National Box Tops for Education Week ends on September 30th, our clipping drive will end on October 6th.

To make the clipping drive even more exciting, we will have a friendly little competition between classrooms in each K-6th grade building. Learn more by accessing our Fall Box Tops Clipping Drive Info Packet.

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

1. Treasurer

Responsible for the budget process; receives all monies of the CCSHSA; keeps an accurate record of receipts and expenditures; pay out funds in accordance with the approved budget as authorized by the CCSHSA organization.

2. Social Media Chair

Develops content and serves as our HSA Facebook Page Administrator.

3. School Store Coordinator

Manages overall operations of the school stores. Ordering merchandise, keeping track of inventory, and refilling as needed.

If you have an interest in any of the following please email the HSA Officers directly.

Next HSA General Meeting

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month in the Conference Room of the 435 Building. Times will alternate between 4:30pm and 6:30pm from month to month. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 3rd at 6:30pm.

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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