Collegium Newsletter October 10, 2016

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Oct. 10th

  • School Closed: Fall Break
  • MS Volleyball vs. Calvary Baptist 3:45 pm @ 535 Gymnasium
  • Volleyball vs. Calvary Baptist 5:00 pm @ 535 Gymnasium

Tuesday, Oct. 11th - Day 2

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip: Dutch Apple Theater - James and the Giant Peach (Mrs. Guarente, McNeil, Lewis, Mrs. Stevenson, and Grant)
  • Grades 9-12: Spirit Week Blue and White Day* Sponsored by Student Council
  • MS Soccer vs. West-Mont Christian 3:45 pm @ United Sports
  • Varsity Soccer vs. Community Academy of Phila 3:45 pm @ United Sports
  • Volleyball vs. Woodlynde 3:45 pm @ Woodlynde School

Wednesday, Oct. 12th - Day 3

  • 468 Kdg. Field Trip: Cherry Crest Farms
  • Grades 9-12: Spirit Week Pajama Day* (No Slippers) Sponsored by Student Council
  • MS Volleyball vs. Chester Charter for the Arts 3:45 pm @ Chester Charter for the Arts

Thursday, Oct. 13th - Day 4

  • Grades 9-12: Spirit Week Wacky Tacky Day* Sponsored by Student Council
  • MS/HS Cross Country Bake Sale @ 515 Building During Lunches
  • MS Cross Country vs. Montgomery 3:30 pm @ Montgomery School
  • MS Volleyball vs. Renaissance Academy 3:45 pm @ 535 Gymnasium
  • Varsity Soccer vs. Woodlynde 3:45 pm @ Woodlynde School
  • Volleyball vs. Renaissance Academy 5:00 pm @ 535 Gymnasium
  • Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00 pm @ 435 Conference Room

Friday, Oct. 14th - Day 5

  • 5th Grade Field Trip: Dutch Apple Theater - James and the Giant Peach
  • Flu Clinic Day
  • Grades 9-12: Spirit Week Dynamic Duo Day* Sponsored by Student Council
  • Grades K-6: Character Counts Dress Down Day for the Character Trait of Trustworthiness - Blue Shirt w/Uniform Bottoms
  • MS/HS Music Yankee Candle Fundraiser Ends
  • Tri-M Annual Military Stocking Collection Ends @ All Buildings - Collection Boxes in Lobbies
  • Volleyball vs. Kennett HS 3:30 pm @ Kennett HS
  • Varsity Cross Country vs. Church Farm School 4:00 pm @ Church Farm School
  • 6th Grade Rec Night 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm @ 500 Gymnasium

*All apparel must be school-appropriate and meet the standards of dress outlined in our Student Code of Conduct.

Saturday, Oct. 15th

  • Varsity Soccer vs. Church Farm School 2:00 pm @ Church Farm School
  • High School Homecoming Dance - Arabian Nights Theme - Sponsored by Student Council 7:00 pm @ 535 Gymnasium

High School Mock Crash & Assembly

It's 8:35am and our high school students walking from the 535 Building to the 515 Building Parking Lot move together in small groups. They're laughing, making jokes, looking at their phones, and slowly removing headphones as they make their way to the Mock Crash Event viewing area.

A few are still smiling, but the mood shifts as the students see red tarps covering demolished vehicles. Once the students settle, the tarps are pulled back - revealing a scene no teenager or parent ever hopes to experience. This is the realistic power of the Cruisin’ Smart program, developed and sponsored by Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.

Student actors, adult performers, and emergency response personnel poignantly enact the horrors of a vehicle accident involving distracted driving.

Cruisin’ Smart is an award-winning program offering tailored education sessions for students from elementary school through college. These sessions, presented to over 30,000 people each year, take a peer-to-peer approach to educating students on the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.

The program includes first-hand accounts from survivors of motor vehicle accidents that happened because someone was driving recklessly, driving while distracted, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Following the Mock Crash demonstration, students entered the 535 Gymnasium for a related assembly meant to highlight the real-life repercussions of driving while impaired or distracted.

Cruisin’ Smart took a multi-pronged approach during the assembly. Warnings included the dangers of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, or distracted by roughhousing passengers, texting while driving, adjusting a playlist, checking social media, or anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road.

A father and son shared a first-hand account of what happened after one tragic decision behind the wheel. They emphasized the importance of responsible decisions and the realities of coping with devastating injuries.

Collegium is grateful for the opportunity to bring Cruisin’ Smart to our campus, and we sincerely thank the following groups and organizations for their involvement:

  • Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital
  • Paoli Hospital
  • State Farm Insurance
  • West Whiteland Police
  • West Whiteland Fire
  • Uwchlan Ambulance Corps
  • Chester County Coroner's Office
  • The Media Theatre
  • CCS Student Actors

See more pictures and footage in our recent CCS Mock Crash & Assembly YouTube video.

Fall Book Fair Volunteers

Parent/guardian volunteers are needed during the upcoming Fall Book Fair, running October 31st through November 11th in our 500 Library.

Volunteers help students select books, create wish lists, and make purchases as needed. The Fall Book Fair is a fun way to earn your volunteer hours! Feel free to sign up for an hour, a morning, or an entire day! Remember, in order to volunteer, your clearances must be on file.

To offer your time, please sign up using the link provided . Please select a day and under "Preferred Time," indicate the times you can help! If you have questions, please email Ms. Hollinshead.

Attention K-6th Grade Parents/Guardians

The following is Important Information regarding student grades from our Elementary Principals, Mrs. Mraz and Dr. Wight-Mahoney:

We recently identified a setting error within the electronic gradebooks of the majority of our elementary teachers. At our recent professional development day on Friday, October 7th, we worked with all elementary teachers to ensure that gradebooks are now correct and an accurate presentation of our students’ academic successes.

The correction may lead to changes in a student's grades. If you have questions, please contact us directly for assistance.

515 Building PRIDE Team Fundraiser

Come out to Boscov's at the Exton Mall on Tuesday, October 18th from 6:00-10:00pm to support the 515 Building PRIDE Team!

The 515 Building PRIDE Team promotes school-wide positive behavior, and is raising money to purchase incentive rewards for students showing consistently positive behavior. We will sell Boscov's coupons for $5.00 each, and those coupons can be used October 18th for up to 25% off any purchase of $25.00 or more.

Questions? Please email 515 Building Assistant Principal, Mr. Harkins.

K-1 Club Intramural Program

The K-1 Club Intramural Program is scheduled to begin in November. During the program, we will teach basic skills and play games to practice what is taught. We will emphasize team building and good sportsmanship traits - all while encouraging students to make new friends! To register, please complete and return a building-specific Registration Form below.

Registration and payment are due by the morning of Wednesday, October 26th. Participant rosters will be posted on the Athletics page on November 2, 2016. Individual notifications regarding participation will not be provided. If necessary, participants will be selected via lottery.

Character Counts

Grades K-6th Grade 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:

  • Ethan Wasman
  • Maxwell "Max" Rapisarda
  • Yusuf Rovi
  • Andrew Soler
  • Rebecca Santoso
  • Evan Serrano
  • Ms. D'Ambra's Class
  • Angel Valentine
  • Olivia Naranjo
  • Reese Quigley
  • Ashton Bartholomew
  • Juliana Westmoreland
  • Madison Plummer
  • Maddy Handley
  • Macklan Mullikin
  • Advik Kashyap
  • Anthony Lu
  • Paige Cannon
  • Kasi Smith
  • Breella Batdorf
  • Lilah Phillips
  • Liam McGowan
  • Mrs. Smith's Class
  • Ms. Grant's Class
  • Terry Wiggins
  • Aasiyah Brown
  • Hailey Feltcher
  • Mary Jane Trejo-Silva
  • Liam Barkley
  • Aarav Bhayani
  • Adrian Gardner
  • Jeffrey Seal
  • Sophia Rizzo
  • Luke Bonnes
  • Antonio Steele
  • Peyton Sarmento

CCS 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!

CCST Presents: 12 Angry Jurors

On October 20th, 21st, and 22nd, Collegium Center Stage Theatre (CCST) will perform 12 Angry Jurors, based on the critically acclaimed teleplay 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose.

Performances are at 7:00 PM in the 515 Auditorium. Come join us for this exciting and powerful production about the importance of standing up for what you believe is right. Content is appropriate for students in grades 6-12.

Additional details will be provided soon!

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.

International Archaeology Day Celebration

To all aspiring archaeologists, Viva l'Italia! Italian archaeology and ancient Italian culture take the spotlight at So You Wanna Be an Archaeologist?—the Penn Museum's family-friendly celebration of International Archaeology Day, part of the Ciao Philadelphia 2016 month-long celebration of Italian culture.

Join us Saturday, October 15th from 11:00 am through 4:00 pm to interact with Museum educators at Cartifacts stations featuring touchable reproductions, hear from Penn Museum experts during “Ask an Archaeologist” sessions, and follow along on behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum's state-of-the-art archaeology labs. Craft workshops, games, and tours of the Rome and Etruscan Italy Galleries round out the day. The event is FREE with regular Museum admission.

Society of Women Engineers Presents: Invent It. Build It.

Registration is now open for the Invent It. Build It. event, sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Get ready to learn what engineers do, the positive impact they have on people everywhere, and how they make a world of difference by attending their October 29th event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. View the video below to learn more about this groundbreaking SWE event.

Final Week - Operation Military Stocking Drive

This week, our Music Honor Society - Tri-M - is holding their annual Operation Military Stocking Drive. Donation boxes will be located in the Main Offices of each CCS building through Friday, October 14th.

Donated items will benefit soldiers overseas and veterans in Chester County at the Coatesville Veterans Hospital. Requested donations include:

  • Handwritten "Thank You" cards (no holiday cards, please)
  • Small games, puzzles, and playing cards
  • Socks and travel-size personal care items
  • Small paperback books (no romance novels, please)
  • Snacks and candy bars
  • Individual powdered drink mixes

Other small items that can fit inside a stocking are appreciated, but please note - glass and aerosol items are not accepted. If you have questions or need additional information, please email Mrs. Tozer. Thank you for helping Tri-M support our troops!

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!

Parent University - Sponsored by the HSA

The first Parent University night, sponsored by the HSA, will be held October 18th from 6:00pm-8:00pm in our 500 Building.

Watch the video below to see HSA Co-Presidents, Alysia Fulford and Jaime Tomb, share more about why the HSA is sponsoring and hosting this upcoming evening event.

Parent University is for parents/guardians of students in grades K-5. This is an informative evening for adults - students are not permitted to attend. CCS Curriculum Coordinators, Instructional Coaches, and Classroom Teachers will offer the following information sessions:

  • Reader’s Workshop Grades K- 2: From Conversations to Comprehension
  • Reader’s Workshop Grades 3-5: From Conversations to Comprehension
  • Eureka Math: What is it?
  • Eureka Math Grades K-2: Number Bonds K-2
  • Eureka Math Grades 3-5: Using Tape Diagrams
  • *NEW* What is Waggle?

Ready to attend? Please RSVP using the link below!

HSA Facebook Page

The HSA is officially on Facebook! Everything you need to know about the HSA is in one place, including information about each of our committees, upcoming events and fundraisers, and even volunteer opportunities.

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

School Stores: Stores are open every Wednesday in the morning and at lunchtime.

Uniform Resale Shop: Help us sort, organize, and shelve uniform donations.

Save the Date

The HSA's second meeting of the year will be Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30pm in the Conference Room of the 435 Building. We can’t wait to meet you there! Not sure you can make it, but still want to be involved? Let us know! Just complete our 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 still needed in the following areas:

  • Volunteer Coordinator: Responsible for coordinating volunteers for different events, maintaining the Sign-up Genius postings, verifying clearances, and communicating with volunteers.
  • Fundraising Chair: Responsible for fundraising efforts of the HSA, soliciting donations for specific fundraisers, and support the individual fundraising events.

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

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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