Collegium Newsletter September 12, 2016

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Sept. 12th - Day 1

  • Grades K-12: NHS School Supply Drive Begins
  • MS Soccer vs. Barrack Hebrew Acad. 3:45 pm @ United Sports
  • MS Volleyball vs. Faith Christian 3:45 pm @ Faith Christian

Tuesday, Sept. 13th - Day 2

  • Varsity Cross Country vs. George School 3:30 pm @ George School
  • MS Cross Country vs. Kimberton 3:45 pm @ Kimberton Waldorf School
  • Varsity Soccer vs. Kimberton 3:45 pm @ Kimberton Waldorf School
  • DCCC Dual Enrollment Information Night for HS Parents/Guardians, Seniors, and Juniors 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ 535 Library

Wednesday, Sept. 14th - Day 3

  • MS Soccer vs. West-Mont Christian 3:45 pm @ West-Mont Christian Academy
  • Volleyball vs. OJR 3:45 pm @ 535 Gymnasium

Thursday, Sept. 15th - Day 4

  • Varsity Soccer vs. Renaissance Academy 3:45 pm @ United Sports
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm @ 435 Conference Room
  • Board of Trustees Regular Public Meeting 7:00 pm

Friday, Sept. 16th - Day 5

  • Early Dismissal for Students (Grades 7-12: 11:30am and Grades K-6: 12:15pm)
  • Grades K-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
  • KidStuff Book Sale Ends (Proceeds Benefit the CCSHSA)
  • Varsity Soccer vs. Friends Select 3:45 pm @ Friends Select
  • Volleyball vs. Phoenixville 3:45 pm @ 535 Gymnasium

Saturday, Sept. 17th

  • Basketball Skills Clinic (Grades 3rd-5th) 9:00 am - 1:00 pm @ 535 Gymnasium
  • CCSHSA Volunteer Day: Collect and Process KidStuff Fundraiser Materials 10:00 am - 2:00 pm @ 435 Conference Room

Basketball Skills Clinic

Our Boys' Basketball team is hosting a Basketball Skills Clinic for students in grades 3-8. The clinic for students in grades 3-5 will be held on Saturday, September 17th and the clinic for students in grades 6-8 will be held on Saturday, September 24th.

Clinics will be held from 9am-1pm and will promote the fun of the game through skill work and game action.

See the permission slip for program-specific details. Permission slips and payment are due by September 15th. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Harkins.

2016-2017 Curriculum Changes and Enhancements

A few weeks ago, our Curriculum Update was shared and highlighted key changes and enhancements for the 2016-2017 school year. Now that the first few weeks of school are behind us and Back to School Nights are over, stay up-to-date with our Curriculum & Assessment Department by taking another look at their Curriculum Update presentation.

PSSA Score Reports

2015-2016 PSSA Score Reports for students in grades 4th-9th have arrived! Reports will be sent home with students via backpacks during the week of September 12th.

During the week of September 12th, make sure you check your child's backpack for their score reports!

If you have questions about your child's score report, please contact your child's Principal. If you do not receive a copy of your child's score report by the end of the week, please contact your child's teacher directly.

CCS Help Wanted: Substitute School Nurses

Valid PA nursing license required. Send resume and copy of the license to or complete our application and submit to

Cougar Pride Day

On the 3rd Friday of each month, CCS students are encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing Cougar Gear. What’s Cougar Gear? Cougar Gear includes CCS T-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. with our logo, usually from a CCS team, club, event, or fundraiser.

Our first Cougar Pride Day is Friday, September 16th. Students are encouraged to wear Cougar Gear T-shirts with uniform bottoms or jeans.

CCS Employee Spotlight

With so many employees working to improve Collegium and maximize the daily experiences of our students, it can be challenging to match names to faces and know everyone involved in helping CCS operate smoothly.

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week and allows families and students to get to know them better. Now, when you see a featured employee on campus, you'll have a better chance of being able to greet them by name and strike up a conversation.

Registration Deadline Extended

The registration deadline for the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT) has been extended until Friday, September 16, 2016.

Collegium is offering the PSAT to Sophomores free-of-charge, because it is critical in fostering the college-bound mindset and a prerequisite for taking AP classes. Freshman and Juniors may take the test for a $25.00 fee and registration information has been shared with students.

The PSAT will be administered during the school day on Wednesday, October 19th. Please contact one of our High School Guidance Counselors, Mrs. Wolfe or Ms. Genzano, with questions or for more information.

Upcoming College Fair

On Friday, September 16th, CCS will host a college fair. Students in grades 9th-12th will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from colleges and universities, as well as participate in college-centered workshops.

Parents/guardians, we need your help! Talk with your children about this great opportunity. Encourage them to engage the representatives in conversations and gather as much information as possible. If your children are in grades 11th and 12th, you are invited to also attend the college fair with your CCS student. Please take a minute to RSVP for the event.


Community Opportunity

Girl Scouts Recruitment Night is September 14th from 6:30pm until 8:00pm in the 535 Cafeteria. Parents/guardians and girls (ages 5-18) are encouraged to attend. For more information, please email the Girl Scout Coordinator, Jenna Robertson.

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:

  • Jace Leithead
  • Aubriyana Moore
  • Holden Barrett
  • Siddhanth Satturu
  • Antoine "AJ" Jacobs
  • Heidi Potts
  • Charles Inga
  • Faith Garrett
  • Ms. C. O'Malley's Homeroom
  • Carmine Cotto
  • Naomi Wright
  • Emma Keen
  • Nelson "LJ" Haight
  • Joseph Moorhead
  • Jacqueline Weer

NHS School Supply Drive

Our National Honor Society (NHS) is hosting a Back to School Supply Drive from September 12th-23rd. NHS will accept new school supplies to be donated to the Community Youth and Women's Alliance (CYWA) in Coatesville.

Requested donations include backpacks, pencils, folders, notebooks, note cards, dry erase markers, individual tissue packs, binders, scissors, glue, and coloring supplies.

All supplies can be dropped off in the designated collection box in each building. From all of us in the NHS, we thank you for your support!


Soccer Intramurals Registration

Soccer intramurals for students in grades 2nd-6th begin in October. To register, complete and return the registration form with payment by Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Participant rosters will be posted on the CCS Athletics webpage on September 30, 2016. Family-specific notifications regarding student participation will not be issued.

If you have questions or need additional information, please email Mr. Handley.

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!

The HSA is again sponsoring our Cougar Challenge!

Cougar Challenge

What's the Cougar Challenge? It's our walk/exercise-a-thon to raise money for the 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 founders to secure the 1,000+ signatures from community members in support of initially opening Collegium.

Last year, our families raised over $26,000 and we want to exceed that amount for 2016-2017. This year’s event will be held Friday, September 30th and if each CCS family solicits just $100 in donations, we will far exceed our goal. Additional information is provided below.

*NEW* for this year - we now accept credit card donations via TicketLeap and the kindness/generosity of a TicketLeap representative, who just so happens to be a Collegium parent. If credit card purchases are preferable for your family and friends, use the link below and disregard references to "Tickets" when selecting your donation amounts.

PAWsitive Praise from HSA

The HSA sincerely thanks everyone who volunteered to work the School Stores this week. The students were so excited and each of you made that possible!

Many thanks to the families who stopped by our Back to School Night tables last week and signed-up to join the HSA. We had so much fun meeting you and are looking forward to an exciting and rewarding year! Be sure to check out our *NEW* Facebook page to see who won the Movie Night Baskets.

Uniform Resale Shop

Our Uniform Resale Shop is located in the 500 Building and is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm, and 4:00pm-6:00pm. You can pick up gently used uniform pieces for greatly reduced prices. Every dollar given to the Uniform Resale Shop goes directly to our Uniform Scholarship Program! The Uniform Resale Shop is in need of your gently used uniforms. Please remember - no stains, excessive fading, or holes.

KidStuff Book Fundraiser

Last week, KidStuff Books were sent home with the oldest child (K-6th) in each family. If you’d like to keep the book, please submit payment using the form provided. If you don’t want to keep the book, please return it ASAP. Didn't receive a copy of the book for your family? Please contact your child's teacher directly.

Families with students in grades 7th-12th - if you are interested in purchasing books, please send in a payment with your children. Books are $25.00 each. Place each payment in a sealed envelope marked "ATTN: HSA." Please also include your child's name, building, and homeroom teacher information.

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

School Stores: Open each Wednesday in the morning and during lunchtime. We appreciate everyone already registered to volunteer to make our stores a success. Please sign-up to volunteer (clearances are required).

Uniform Resale Shop: If you are interested in helping to sort, organize, and shelve donations, please sign up below (clearances are required).

KidStuff Books: On September 17th, we will need volunteers to help collect books, verify orders, and package unsold books for return. Please sign-up below.

Save the Date

Our first HSA meeting will be Wednesday, September 21st at 6:30pm in the Conference Room of the 435 Building. We can’t wait to meet you there! Not sure that you will be able to make it but still want to be involved with the HSA? Let us know by completing our HSA Interest Form.

HSA Help Wanted

The HSA Board has a few Committee Chair positions open. We are looking for motivated individuals who are committed to making 2016-2017 a remarkable success. Help is needed in the following areas:

  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Family Bingo Chair
  • Fundraising Chair

Ready to help? Let us know by emailing the HSA Officers directly.

Donations Needed

The 500 Music Room is looking for donations of old games to help with some of our class projects. Requested games include:

  • Don't Break the Ice
  • Ladder Ball
  • Don't Spill the Beans
  • Legos
  • Jenga

If you are willing to donate any of games above, please send them in to "Ms. Urbas, 500 Building."

Our 468/486 Building is in need of a durable and lockable equipment shed to store new playground accessories. Exact dimensions requested are 5' x 6' x 3'. Able to donate? Please email Mrs. Fritzinger.

Campus Main Office Extensions

  • 468/486 Building: 610-903-1300 ext. 6401
  • 150 Building: 610-903-1300 ext. 6811
  • 500 Building: 610-903-1300 ext. 6106
  • 515 Building: 610-903-1300 ext. 6336 (Please update your records as the extension changed during the 2015-2016 school year.)
  • 535 Building: 610-903-1300 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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