Collegium Newsletter February 20, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, Feb. 20th

  • School Closed: Presidents' Day

Tuesday, Feb. 21st - Day 3

Wednesday, Feb. 22nd - Day 4

  • 535 Building: Hot Cocoa Sale (Proceeds Benefit Tri-M)

Thursday, Feb. 23rd - Day 5

Friday, Feb. 24th - Day 6

  • 515 Building Principals' Coffee Chat 8:30am - 9:30am @ 515 Conference Room
  • NEHS Pajama Party Read-a-Thon 6:30pm-9:15pm @ 500 Building
  • NEHS Members-Only Sleepover 9:45pm (Friday) - 8:30am (Saturday) @ 500 Building

Saturday, Feb. 25th

  • Grades 9-12: Movie Night Sponsored by Student Council 7:00pm @ 535 Gym

Second Straight Basketball League Title

Our Varsity Girls' Basketball team won its second straight league title last Thursday night. The Cougars' relentless defense led to a 44-28 victory over Mercy Career & Tech at Neumann University's, Mirenda Center.

Coaches and athletes from 2016-2017 Varsity Girls' Basketball team.

This win brings their 2016-2017 overall record to 21-3 with at least one more game to go. This Friday, February 24th, at 7:00pm the Cougars will debut in their first PIAA District Playoff Game in Collegium program history. The trip to Pine Grove High School will be the their biggest game to date.

We are so proud of you, girls! We wish you the best of luck as you make your run for a District Title and possible State Playoff berth.

150 Building JRFH Update

We're so happy to report we all experienced another wonderful Jump Rope for Heart (JRFH) event this year! The students jumped, teachers were "pied", and everyone had tremendous fun in honor of our heart health initiative!

Thanks to the efforts of our families, the 150 Building raised over $33,000 for the American Heart Association through JRFH donations. Students who raised donations for JRFH will receive their "Thank You" gifts in about 3-4 weeks. Our PE department will also receive valuable gift certificates to US Games for new equipment for our students and classes.

On behalf of the entire 150 Building Physical Education Department, we thank our students, their families, and our coworkers for their enthusiastic support!

Music Man Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets for the Collegium Center Stage Theatre (CCST) production of The Music Man are now on sale! This classic Tony-winning musical has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story for all ages.

Evening shows will take place at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 16th, Friday, March 17th, and Saturday, March 18th. There will also be two matinee performances at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th. Tickets are $12.00 each.

Use the link below to order your tickets online now and guarantee your spot in the audience for what promises to be a wonderful show!

515 Building Principals' Coffee Chat

Mr. Sterious (right) and Mr. Harkins (left), Principals of the 515 Building, offer parents and guardians the opportunity to join them for conversation and coffee. Enjoy an informal chat with the Principals about the school, events, and academic programming.

The first Coffee Chat will be Friday, February 24th from 8:30am until 9:30am in our 515 Conference Room. Interested in attending? Just email Mrs. Martin.

Mr. Sterious and Mr. Harkins hope to see many parents/guardians, but they also understand not everyone will be available February 24th. Additional Coffee Chats will be held on the fourth Friday of each month!

New Summer Camp Options

Collegium will be offering new summer camp opportunities to students during the week of June 19, 2017. New offerings will include a Drama Camp and Sports Camp run by Collegium employees and students. More details about each one of the programs will be provided in late-March. Stay tuned!

Camp Collegium 2017

Registration for Camp Collegium 2017 is now open! While we anticipated rapid responses from the community, we are amazed at how quickly families are taking action and registering campers. Based on early registration numbers, it seems likely that the program may reach capacity before March. Interested in registering your child? Don't delay!

Visit the Summer Camps page of our website for detailed information. If you're ready to submit registration information now, please access the link below. Questions? Email Ms. Horsey.

Cougar Classic 5K

Our 2nd Annual Cougar Classic 5K will take place Saturday, April 22nd, right here on campus. Activities include a 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a Kids' Dash. Registration is now OPEN!

For registration, more information, and details on how to become a sponsor, access the link below.

Elective Course Selections

Attention Parents/Guardians of 6th and 7th Grade Students

In the next few weeks, your children will be choosing elective course options for the 2017-2018 school year. Course Description Information Sheets will be sent home with your children by Friday, February 24th. Please look over these course descriptions and have conversations with your children about their interests for the upcoming school year.

Counselors will make every effort to accommodate student course requests; however, requests made during the course selection window will not guarantee placement. If you have questions, please email our Middle School Counselors.

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:

  • Yaneyri Hernandez
  • Neal Malhotra
  • Nicolas DiCampli
  • Anya Kasireddy
  • Cristian Galan-Galan

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!

NEHS Pajama Party Read-a-Thon

On Friday, February 24th from 6:30pm - 9:15pm, our National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) is hosting their 8th annual Pajama Read-a-Thon Party for 3rd-6th grade students.

Reading activities will include Readers' Theater, Book Blitz, Read Alouds, Partner Reads, and lots of D.E.A.R. time. Permission slips are available below and are due - along with the participation fee - by Wednesday, February 22nd. First come, first served as there are limited spaces available.

Questions? Please email Mrs. Hirst.

Earth Day T-Shirt Sale for Grades 6th-8th

Our National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is selling Earth Day T-Shirts from February 13th until February 24th. Proceeds will benefit the Middle School STEAM program. With Middle School rapidly approaching for our 6th grade students, the NJHS welcomes current 6th grade students to participate in the sale and join the Middle School in celebrating Earth Day together!

Earth Day T-shirts may be worn on Friday, April 21st, in honor of Earth Day and on monthly “Cougar Pride” days. Adults sizes are available, shirts cost $15.00, and sales are on a cash-only basis. To purchase your Earth Day T-Shirts, please complete and return the order form, below.

Questions? Please email Mr. Kelley.

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!

Your Help is Needed

Do you want to get involved with the HSA, but don’t know how? We are in need of CCS parents and family members to help make all of our events successful. Currently, we are looking for individuals who would be interested in helping to plan Ladies Night Out Bingo. We are also looking for a Social Media Chair to help run our Facebook page. Please let us know you are interested, but completing the interest form (below) and write "Bingo" or "Social Media" on the “Other” line.

HSA Presents: Zumbathon!

Join our professional Zumba instructors for some family fun and fitness at Zumbathon! It's pretty much the most awesome workout ever! Dance to great music with great people - and burn a TON of calories without even realizing it!

Choose either the Adult Session (10:00am-11:00am) or bring your whole crew to the Family Session (11:30am-12:30pm). Tickets are $10/Adult and $5/Child - or - $20/Family (3+). Buy your tickets now by using the link below or you can purchase tickets at the door.

Coin hip scarves, bottled water, and healthy snacks will be available for purchase. It's going to be head-boppin', hip-shakin' good time!

Questions? Email the HSA Officers.

Save the Dates

The HSA has a lot of fun events planned for the second half of the school year. Mark these dates on your calendar and keep an eye on our Facebook page and Collegium Newsletter for more details:

  • March 3rd – Chuck E. Cheese
  • March 4th – Zumbathon: Tickets on Sale Now
  • March 18th – Pirate & Princess Pancake Party @ Lionville Applebees 8am-10am
  • April 1st – Comic Night: Tickets on Sale Now (Scroll Past Zumbathon Details)
  • April 12th – Urban Air Fundraiser
  • May 13th – Ladies Night Out Bingo

Our Next HSA Meeting

The next general HSA meeting will be held Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held in the 435 Building Conference Room. Interested in attending? Let us know! Just complete our interest form.

If you arrive after 6:30pm, that's no problem whatsoever. Just use the 435 Building Main Entrance (shown in the photo with the Collegium graphic on the window) and use the doorbell (press and hold). Someone will then provide building access so you can quickly join our meeting!

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to help the HSA? All volunteers must have clearances on file with the school (unless otherwise noted). There are many opportunities still available, so please sign up today!

Donations Needed

515 Building: Our teachers in the 515 Building are requesting donations of the following items:

  • Tissues
  • Pencils
  • Sanitizer
  • Lined Paper
  • Dry-Erase Markers

Please send donations to "Ms. Pouncy, 515 Building". Thank you!

Autism Support Program: Our Autism Support Program is requesting donations. The following items will be helpful in providing reinforcement and providing sensory support to students in our program.

  • Preschool Board Books
  • Wooden Puzzles (Simple Shapes, 25 Piece Max.)
  • Paper Towels
  • Tissues
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Sanitizer
  • Pie in the Face Board Game
  • Remote Controlled Items (Robots, Cars, etc.)
  • Velcro Dots
  • Lacing Boards
  • Vinyl Bean Bag Chairs

We thank you in advance for your support and please send donations to "Mrs. Wilkins, 435 Building".

Community Opportunity

Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology (GETT) 2017

Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology (GETT) is an annual day-long event to be held on March 25, 2017 at West Chester East High School.

This event is for girls in grades 5th-10th and their parents to learn about career opportunities in a broad scope of STEM related industries. The day is filled with exciting, enlightening and experiential workshops led by successful women in STEM fields.

This is a FREE event! Registration for GETT 2017 recently opened. For more details and registration information, access the link below.

Help Wanted At CCS

1. Substitute Receptionist: This position is on-call, as needed, when a Building Receptionist is absent. Experience as a Receptionist, Office Assistant, Customer Service Representative, or similar experience required. To apply, email your resume to the Collegium HR Department via the link below.

2. MS Girls' Lacrosse Coach: Collegium Athletics is currently looking for a MS Girls Lacrosse Coach for the 2017 spring season. This will be a first year, club team that will focus on fundamentals of the sport. All interested candidates should email a resume to CCS’s Athletic Director, Mr. McCain.

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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