Collegium Newsletter October 24, 2016

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Oct. 24th - Day 5

  • 4th Grade Field Trip: The Philadelphia Zoo (O'Malley, DiCicco, Callis, Sayler, Wolfe, and Jackson)
  • 515 Building Spirit Week: Hawaiian Shirt Day*
  • Grades 7/8: Mesh Backpack Sale Fundraiser Begins (Proceeds Benefit National Junior Honor Society)
  • Grades K-3: Apple Crunch Day (Sponsored By Penn State Pro Wellness)
  • Grades K-6: Original Works Fundraiser Begins
  • Grades 7-12: CCST Interest Meeting for The Music Man 6:00pm @ 515 Auditorium

Tuesday, Oct. 25th - Day 6

  • 150 Kindergarten Field Trip: Cherry Crest Farms (D’Ambra, Ithier, Thomas, George, and Covert)
  • 515 Building Spirit Week: Pajama Day* (No Slippers)
  • Grades 7-12: End of 1st Marking Period
  • Varsity Cross Country vs. Avon Grove Charter 3:45pm @ Avon Grove Charter

Wednesday, Oct 26th - Day 1

  • 150 Kindergarten Field Trip: Cherry Crest Farms (Sullivan, Frank, Euler, and Sherman)
  • 515 Building Spirit Week: Twin Day*
  • TCISL Girls' Volleyball Championship 3:30pm - 8:00pm @ 535 Gymnasium
  • Science Fair Open House 6:00pm - 7:00pm @ 515 Auditorium

Thursday, Oct 27th - Day 2

  • 4th Grade Field Trip: The Philadelphia Zoo (Ryan, Putt, Tripp, Haldeman, and Deegler)
  • 515 Building Spirit Week: Throwback Thursday*
  • Grades 9-12: Student Council's Pay $1.00 to Wear Pink Shirt w/Uniform Bottoms to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Awareness Day (Proceeds Benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation)

Friday, Oct 28th - Day 3

  • Early Dismissal for Students (Grades 7-12: 11:30am and Grades K-6: 12:15pm)
  • 515 Building Spirit Week: Fandom/Sports Day*
  • Grades 9-12: Wellness Day (Sponsored by Student Council)
  • Grades K-6: Wear Red Day for Red Ribbon Day (Wear Red Shirt w/Uniform Bottoms)
  • K-12: CCS Athletics Department Sock-It-To-Us Collection Ends
  • 515 Building Fall Harvest Dance 6:00pm -8:00 pm @ 515 Cafeteria
  • HS Movie Night Sponsored by Student Council 7:00pm - 10:00pm @ 535 Building

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

Saturday, Oct. 29th

  • CCST The Music Man Pre-Audition Workshops 9:00am - 2:00pm @ 515 Auditorium
  • Family Bowling Session 1 - Sponsored by the HSA 3:20pm - 5:20pm @ Palace Bowling & Entertainment Center
  • Family Bowling Session 2 (Featuring a DJ) - Sponsored by the HSA 5:40pm - 7:40pm @ Palace Bowling & Entertainment Center

Nominate CCS Teachers Today

Citadel's Heart of Learning Award is a teaching excellence award for Chester County teachers. Each year, 15 finalists and three overall winners are honored with an award, cash prizes, and a night of celebration at the annual awards banquet. The nomination period for Citadel's 2017 Heart of Learning Award is open now through December 31, 2016. Nominations are submitted by accessing the link below.

CCS High School History Teacher, Mr. Schneider, recognized as a 2016 Heart of Learning Award Finalist. Mr. Schneider is joined by High School Principal, Dr. O'Brien (left), Citadel's Business Development Sales Executive, Melynda Wagner (middle), and Collegium CEO, Dr. Antoinette Rath (right).

After the nomination period ends, Citadel's Heart of Learning Award Committee tallies the total number of nominations received from each school for its Schools with Heart contest. The top three schools with the most nominations will receive funds to be used for school assemblies or special events: 1st Place - $1,500, 2nd Place - $750, and 3rd Place - $500.

Show your Collegium school spirit by nominating exemplary Collegium teachers today! Participation is an easy and meaningful way of allowing your family to recognize the efforts of our dedicated faculty.

Sibling Enrollment Update

Our 2017-2018 Sibling Enrollment process will begin Monday, November 7th and the Sibling Enrollment deadline is Monday, November 21st at 12 noon. Sibling Enrollment requirements are listed below. Exceptions to the requirements below will not be considered.

  1. All students must reside in Pennsylvania.
  2. Siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students include: siblings by birth, stepsiblings, adopted siblings, and foster siblings. Also included are wards subject to legal guardianship or other children related by blood or marriage living with the currently enrolled CCS student’s family in a regular parent-child relationship and who are dependent upon the current student’s parent(s) for support. A court order or a completed and notarized guardianship form is required to document guardianship status.
  3. Kindergarten students must be five (5) years of age by August 31st of their kindergarten year.
  4. First grade students must be six (6) years of age by August 31st of their 1st grade year and must have successfully completed an accredited kindergarten program.

Learn more about the upcoming 2017-2018 Sibling Enrollment process by viewing the video below. Questions? Please email our Enrollment Department.

K-12 Yearbook Now on Sale

The CCS Anamnesis Yearbook Advisor, Mr. Springer, and his team of high school students are proud to announce the official start of yearbook sales! Taken from the Greek word meaning "recollection," the CCS Anamnesis is our K-12, full-color, hard-bound yearbook.

Yearbook sales are online. The deadline for making your online yearbook purchase is April 28th. Access the link below and order your copies of the Anamnesis yearbook now before the price increases on November 23rd.

Questions? Please email CCS Anamnesis Yearbook Advisor, Mr. Springer.

Parent/Teacher Conferences (MS/HS)

Parent/Teacher Conferences for MS/HS students are rapidly approaching. To schedule a conference, please use the links provided below. If you have questions or need further assistance, please email Ms. Pouncy (MS) or Mrs. Balsam (HS).

*NEW* View from the Middle School

Below, Collegium Middle School Principal, Mr. Sterious, offers the first video in his new series designed to share 515 Building activities and initiatives. Mr. Sterious offers details and his perspective on the recent 515 Building assembly, "Dangers of the Internet & Good Decision Making," delivered by Chester County Deputy District Attorney, Renee D. Merion.

National Junior Honor Society Book Swap

Attention MS students and families: Do you have books lying around the house that you've finished reading? Want a new book, but don't feel like going all the way to the bookstore?

Drop off your used books in the 515 Building collection bin outside Mrs. Wallace's classroom. The collection is in preparation for our National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) January Book Swap, when students can bring a book and take a book. Thank you for your support!

Questions? Please email Mrs. Wallace and check out her Collegium Employee Spotlight video to match her face to her name.

Arrival and Dismissal Line Reminder

Stay off your cell phones and tablets while in line, especially when “at the curb” for loading and unloading. Phone and tablet use interferes with safe driving and limits your ability to promptly move your vehicle as the line progresses.

Collegium Center Stage Theatre Interest Meeting

On Monday, October 24th, there will be a student/parent interest meeting for Collegium Center Stage Theatre's (CCST) spring production of The Music Man.

The meeting will take place in the 515 Auditorium at 6:00pm. The CCST Artistic Team will present information about the production (including auditions) and distribute important paperwork to interested students and their families.

Any student in grades 7-12 interested in participating in the musical in any capacity is encouraged to attend. Questions? Please email Ms. Stell.

CCST Pre-Audition Workshops

CCST is pleased to announce that it will hold an exciting day of workshops on Saturday, October 29th to prepare actors for the upcoming auditions for The Music Man. Wear comfortable clothes, bring your dancing shoes, lots of water, a lunch, and come ready to have a ton of fun. Workshops will start promptly at 9:00am and end at 2:00pm.

Participants will rotate through a series of dance, acting, and vocal workshops presented by seasoned performers and directors. Participation in the workshops is not a requirement for auditions, but CCST hopes all student performers will take advantage of this learning opportunity.

Please RSVP through the link below. For additional information, please email Ms. Whisler.

515 Building Mesh Bag Fundraiser

Our National Junior Honor Society is proud to offer its Mesh Bag Fundraiser! Keeping your items in one location helps you stay organized and makes it easier to get to class on time. Also, as a reminder and as a safety precaution, Collegium only allows see-through bags in our hallways during the school day. Mesh backpacks are $10.00 and mesh totes are $8.00. The sale runs from October 24th through November 4th. Order forms will be distributed during MS Homeroom and will also be available in the 515 Main Office.

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:

  • Arden Robinson
  • Dayana Aquilar-Martinez
  • Arianna Chavez
  • Quinn Staszowski
  • Ruben Dickerson
  • Gianna Jackson
  • Curtis Kallon
  • Sergio Romero-Urbina
  • Mr. Garsils' Class
  • Brady Van Note
  • Eshani Nallu
  • 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!

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!

PAW-sitive Praise

1. The HSA and Collegium's Curriculum & Assessment Department are still amazed by the family participation and enthusiasm shown during our recent Parent University evening. The feedback received was overwhelmingly positive. Families should anticipate updates on another Parent University event in the not-too-distant future.

2. A very special "Thank You" to the parents/guardians who attended the 2nd HSA Public Meeting of the 2016-2017 school year. Your presence and input were highly valued. We look forward to many more families attending our meetings as the year progresses.

Family Bowling Fun

Saturday, October 29th, gather your friends and loved ones, pick a session, and join us for an afternoon of bowling fun for the whole family!

  • Session 1: 3:20pm-5:20pm
  • Session 2: 5:40pm-7:40pm (Featuring a DJ)

Tickets are $12.00 per person for each session (a $22.00 value) and include two-hour unlimited bowling and shoe rental. Food and beverages can be purchased at an additional cost. We hope to see you all there!

Family Bingo is Back

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 5th from 3:00-5:00pm for HSA Family Bingo! This annual HSA tradition is not to be missed. Take part in an afternoon of bingo, prizes, raffles and fun with friends and family. There will even be a special appearance by the official Collegium mascot, Carl the Cougar. Family Bingo is for CCS students in grades K-6 and their parents/guardians. All children must be accompanied by a playing adult.

Doors will open at 2:00pm. Snacks and beverages will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $12.00/person if purchased before October 22nd, $16.00/person when purchased after October 22nd, and $20.00 at the door (if available).

Tickets for Family Bowling and Family Bingo are purchased from the same link. To purchase Family Bingo tickets, please access the link and scroll past Family Bowling details.

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.

Save the Date

Our next HSA Public Meeting will be November 16th at 6:30pm in the 435 Building Conference Room. Not sure you can attend, but still want to be involved? Let us know! Just complete our interest form below.

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

School Store: Stores are open every Wednesday in the morning and at lunchtime. Due to the overwhelming success of the school stores, we've added additional slots for volunteers. Sign up today!

Uniform Resale Shop: Please sign up below If you are interested in helping sort, organize, and shelve uniform donations.

Final Week: Sock-It-To-Us

Our Athletics Department is hosting its 6th year of the Sock-It-To-Us Campaign. The CCS Community is asked to donate new socks between now and Friday, October 28th.

Collections boxes will be located in the Main Office of each building. All socks collected will be distributed to Chester County social agencies, just in time for the winter season. Support our community and help those in need!

Reminder: Apple Crunch Day

On Monday, October 24th, students in grades K-3 will participate in Apple Crunch Day. Apple Crunch Day is organized by Penn State's Wellness Center to encourage youth and their families to eat healthy snacks.

We encourage all K-3 students to bring apples for their snacks or lunches on this day. Our Food Service Department will also serve apples with lunch. The students look forward to completing apple activities and learning more about healthy eating.

Community Opportunity

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.

Chesco Pops FREE Concerts for Kids

The Chester County Pops Orchestra will present their popular Halloween Concert series with two remaining performances:

  • Saturday, October 29th: Rustin High School
  • Sunday, October 30th: Phoenixville Middle School

The concerts feature a wide selection of familiar (and spooky!) music, magic tricks performed by Maestro Joseph Gehring, and a costume parade with treats for all children in attendance. View the video below to see a sample performance.

Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors, and FREE for children and students! Tickets can be purchased at the door or by accessing the link below.

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.

Last Chance: 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 our Athletics webpage on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Individual notifications regarding participation will not be provided. If necessary, participants will be selected via lottery.

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 Opportunity 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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