Collegium Newsletter October 8, 2018

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Oct. 8th - Day 4

  • Elementary Student Council T-Shirt Sale Begins for Students and Employees (Ends Friday, October 19th)
  • Grades 9-12: Spirit Week - Pajama Day @ 535 Building
  • Grades 5-8: Book Fair Begins (Fair Ends Monday, October 15th) | Library 7:45am - 3:00pm @ 500 Building
  • Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Academy of the New Church 3:45pm @ Academy of the New Church
  • Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Academy of the New Church 4:45pm @ Academy of the New Church

Tue., Oct. 9th - Day 5

  • Grades 9-12: Spirit Week - Twin Day @ 535 Building
  • 535 Detention 3:20pm - 4:20pm @ 535 Building
  • Boys Middle School Cross Country vs. Montgomery School 3:45pm @ Kimberton Waldorf Upper Field
  • Boys Middle School Soccer vs. Barrack Hebrew Academy 3:45pm @ Harcum College
  • Boys Varsity Cross Country vs. All TCISL Schools 3:45pm @ Perkiomen School
  • Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Barrack Hebrew Academy 3:45pm @ Barrack Hebrew Academy
  • Girls Middle School Cross Country vs. Montgomery School 3:45pm @ Kimberton Waldorf Upper Field
  • Girls Varsity Cross Country vs. All TCISL Schools 3:45pm @ Perkiomen School
  • 150 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 827 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Grades 5-6: National Elementary Honor Society Monthly Student Meeting | Room 228 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ 500 Building
  • 468/486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 1) | 486 Building, Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Wed., Oct. 10th - Day 6

  • Grades 9-12: Not a Spirit Week Day - Wear Uniform Attire for PSAT Testing @ 535 Building
  • Grades K-6: ROAR T-Shirt Day With Uniform Bottoms
  • Grades 9-11: PSAT Testing | Gym, Cafeteria, & Various Classrooms 7:30am - 3:00pm @ 535 Building
  • Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Norristown High School 3:45pm @ Norristown High School
  • 150 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Girls Middle School Volleyball vs. Upper Merion Middle School | Gym 4:00pm @ 500 Building
  • Grades 5-6: Advancing Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 228 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 500 Building
  • 468/486 Building: Lego STEM/Coding Club | 486 Building Music and Art Rooms 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 468/486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 1) | 486 Building Room 518 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Norristown High School 4:45pm @ Norristown High School
  • Grades 5-8: Fall Book Fair Family Night | Library 5:00pm - 7:00pm @ 500 Building

Thu., Oct. 11th - Day 1

  • Grades 9-12: Spirit Week - Blue and White Day @ 535 Building
  • Boys Middle School Cross Country vs. Fugett Middle School 3:15pm @ Lionville Middle School Fields
  • Girls Middle School Cross Country vs. Fugett Middle School 3:15pm @ Lionville Middle School Fields
  • 535 Detention 3:20pm - 4:20pm @ 535 Building
  • Boys Varsity Cross Country vs. Octorara High School 3:30pm @ Octorara High School
  • Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Perkiomen High School 3:30pm @ United Sports TC
  • Girls Varsity Cross Country vs. Octorara High School 3:30pm @ Octorara High School
  • Board of Trustees Work Session | Conference Room 6:00pm @ 435 Administrative Offices

Fri., Oct. 12th - Day 2

  • Grades 7-8: Cougar Pride Day @ 515 Building
  • Grades 9-12: Spirit Week - Character Day @ 535 Building
  • CCS Flu Clinic for Students and Employees | Nurse's Office 8:15am - 12:30pm @ 150 Building
  • 468 Building: Grade 1 Community Helper Day | Cafeteria and All Purpose Room 8:45am - 3:00pm
  • Boys Middle School Soccer vs. West-Mont Christian Academy 3:45pm @ West-Mont Christian Academy
  • Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Chester Charter School for the Arts 3:45pm @ Chester Charter School for Arts
  • Girls Middle School Volleyball vs. West-Mont Christian Academy 3:45pm @ West-Mont Christian Academy
  • Boys Varsity Cross Country vs. Church Farm School 4:00pm @ Church Farm School
  • Girls Varsity Cross Country vs. Church Farm School 4:00pm @ Church Farm School
  • Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Chester Charter School for the Arts 4:45pm @ Chester Charter School for Arts

Saturday, Oct. 13th

  • Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Delaware County Christian School 1:00pm @ Delaware County Christian
  • Grades 9-12: Homecoming Dance | Gym 7:00pm - 10:00pm @ 535 Building

2019-2020 Sibling Enrollment At Collegium

General Information

According to PA Charter School Law, siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students are considered for enrollment ahead of new, non-sibling enrollees. Sibling enrollment is not guaranteed, however. CCS must first ensure that the Sibling Enrollment materials families submit are complete. Then CCS determines if space is available for the sibling.

Sibling Enrollment is only for prospective students who are siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students. Siblings of currently enrolled Collegium students include:

  • Siblings by birth,
  • Step-siblings,
  • Adopted siblings, and
  • Foster siblings.

Also included in Sibling Enrollment are wards subject to legal guardianship, or other children related by blood or marriage who live 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.

One Collegium family representing three different grade levels and CCS buildings.

Prepare Your Documents Now

Collegium's 2019-2020 Sibling Enrollment process begins in November—more information and the schedule will be shared in upcoming weeks—and will be completed online*, only. During the process, families must upload certain required information (outlined below). To "digitize"** the documents for uploading, you can scan them with a dedicated scanner or take clear photos using a smartphone or tablet. The documents are:

  • Copy of the child's Birth Certificate
  • Copy of the child's current Immunization Record
  • Two (2) Proofs of Residency for the family
  • Student ID (Food Service PIN) of the child's oldest sibling attending Collegium

If you do not have a copy of your child's Immunization Record, please obtain it from your child's health care provider. Do not ask the health care provider to send the Immunization Record to Collegium; instead, please personally receive the Immunization Record so you can control when Collegium receives it.

Proofs of Residency (two are required) are limited to: A deed, lease, mortgage statement, current utility bill, current credit card bill, property tax bill, vehicle registration, driver’s license, or PennDOT identification card. Proofs of Residency documents may not be expired.

Student IDs (Food Service PINs) are five-digit numbers assigned to each Collegium student. Families receive their children's Student IDs in their Summer Information Packets. If you need help finding your child's Student ID, please ask your child for it or contact the Main Office of your child's building.

Email our Enrollment Department with questions about the documents required for Collegium's 2019-2020 Sibling Enrollment process. Thank you!

*If you don't have internet access or if you need help scanning your child's documents, we can assist you at our 435 Building (435 Creamery Way, Suite 300, Exton, PA 19341) in November between 8:30am and 3:30pm on days when school is in session.

**Digitizing documents means converting them into electronic files like photos or scanned images. Families can upload photos or scanned images of Birth Certificates, Immunization Records, and Proofs of Residency. Digitized items must be clear, readable, and include all four corners of each document. Please remove documents from their envelopes before taking their pictures or scanning them. If you wish, you may keep dollar amounts confidential by covering them with marker or ink.

500 Building Career Day Scheduled

On Monday, November 19th between 9:00am to 11:00am, Collegium's 500 Building will host a Career Day for our 5th and 6th Grade students.

"Learning about careers can help students choose the best behaviors that could be great influences in life and career choices..." - Kaelyn V., 6th Grade

We need parents/guardians and community members to come to Collegium that day to speak with students about their careers and to answer questions they may have. This is a wonderful opportunity to help students explore the many possibilities their futures hold. Volunteers will make three or four 20-minute presentations on Career Day, including the Q&A session after each.

"Career Day is another stepping stone in CCS students' educational experience that will guide them in preparing for college, technical school, or the workforce after High School." -Mrs. Hirst, 6th Grade School Counselor

Questions or interested in participating? Please email Mrs. Hirst no later than Monday, November 12th. Your support and encouragement of our students are greatly appreciated!

CCST Presents "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder

“…the greatest American play ever written...”

Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written," Our Town follows the lives of the Webb and Gibbs families in their small town of Grover’s Corners. Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, Our Town invites audiences to experience life from the Webb and Gibbs families' perspectives through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.”

Tickets cost $10.00 each. They can be purchased now using the link below or at the door before each performance. Cash-only concessions will be available during intermission.

Questions? Email Ms. Stell.

High School Updates

Makers Gonna Make!

Mrs. Ferry, CCS High School Library Media Specialist, has created a dedicated space called the "Makerspace Lab" in the High School Library Media Center. The Makerspace Lab offers students active learning possibilities in a social environment.

The Makerspace Lab promotes constructivist education, creativity, and design thinking by encouraging students to make, build, code, invent, and collaborate. Students are permitted to use this resources during study halls and lunches (after they finish eating) with a pass from the Library Media Specialist or Library Assistant.

To promote the Makerspace Lab, Mrs. Ferry is offering students an opportunity to partake in a Monthly Makers Workshop. The Makers Workshop for September featured a Nail & String Art project that incorporated simple woodworking, design thinking, creativity, art, and geometry skills.

For more information, visit the website below.

535 Spirit Week And Homecoming Dance

This week, High School students will be participating in our annual Spirit Week, culminating in our Homecoming Dance on Saturday, October 13th. The schedule for 535 Spirit Week is as follows:

  • Monday, October 8th: Pajama Day
  • Tuesday, October 9th: Twin Day
  • Wednesday, October 10th: None (High School Uniform for PSAT Testing)
  • Thursday, October 11th: Blue and White Day
  • Friday, October 12th: Character Day

The Homecoming Dance will take place on Saturday, October 13th from 7:00pm until 10:00 pm in the 535 Building Gym. Tickets are $12.00 each, and include a live DJ, photo booth, and light food and refreshments.

If you have questions about 535 Spirit Week or the Homecoming Dance, email Mr. Schneider.

Middle School/High School Talent Show

The Middle School/High School Talent Show, "Collegium's Got Talent," is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00pm in our 515 Building Cafeteria. Come out and see our wonderfully talented and entertaining students perform!

All interested students must submit a video audition by October 15th to Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Gabel. Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Gabel can also answer questions you may have.

Dual Enrollment And Financial Aid Night

The CCS High School Counseling Department will be hosting a Dual Enrollment and Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

CCS High School Counseling Department: Mrs. Wolfe (right), Mrs. White (center), and Ms. Whisler (left).

From 6:00pm until 7:00pm, Dual Enrollment Representatives will be on site to discuss course opportunities at Immaculata University and Delaware County Community College. Dual Enrollment programs allow students to take college courses for credit while in High School. This event is open to all High School students and their families.

Also on Wednesday, October 17th, Juniors, Seniors, and their Parents/Guardians are invited to attend a Financial Aid Night from 7:00pm until 9:00pm in the 535 Building Library. Mr. Michael Burke from Pennsylvania’s Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), will present helpful information about the financial components of the college planning process and answer family's questions regarding financial aid.

If you are interested in attending either of these events, please RSVP using the link below.

Questions? Email our High School Counseling Administrative Assistant, Ms. Whisler.

Help Wanted: CCS School Bus Driver

Collegium has an opening for a School Bus Driver to transport students to/from sports events and other school activities. The work schedule will vary depending upon the time of year, but will largely occur during the school day. Occasionally, work hours will extend into the evening and weekend. Summer hours may also be available.

Applicants must have School Bus driving experience and meet Pennsylvania’s School Bus Driver certification requirements. Applicants eligible for School Bus Driver recertification will also be considered.

For more information, email Collegium's HR Department, or visit the Employment page of Collegium's website.

Elementary Art Fundraiser: Kids Kreations

This year’s Annual Elementary Art Fundraiser is just a few weeks away! The Elementary Art Team has worked closely with your young artists to help them prepare special pieces for the event. Their works have already been submitted to Kids Kreations, the new company the Elementary Art Team selected for this year’s fundraiser.

Kids Kreations offers a lot of advantages for Collegium families, including that they will be able to choose from literally dozens of quality keepsakes, gift items, and other treasures imprinted with their children’s artwork. According to Ms. Amanda Shortridge, who teaches Elementary Art in our 468/486 Building, “Families will love Kids Kreations' products. They include new items like phone cases, iPad covers, blankets, matted prints, cutting boards, jewelry, and much more. There'll be something for every family’s budget and gift list!”

Ms. Darci Galie, who teaches Elementary Art in the 150 Building, is also pleased with Kids Kreations. “The company is very school- and family-friendly. Each student will receive a personalized order form to take home, along with a free pack of stickers with their artwork.” The personalized catalogs and free stickers will come home in early November. Completed orders will be delivered before Winter Break.

“My favorite Kids Kreations feature,” said Ms. Allison Thomas, a 500 Building Elementary Art teacher, “is that families who order online can preview items that already show their child’s artwork. Also, online orders can be shipped to school and sent home with students, or Kids Kreations will ship them to another address for families.”

Kids Kreations also helps make families' participation in the Fundraiser more valuable for CCS and its Elementary Art students, because it returns a larger portion of each order to the school. All Kids Kreations Fundraiser proceeds will be used to purchase materials and improve your children’s Elementary Art Rooms.

Our Elementary Art students are so proud of their artwork and are very excited to see how it will look on Kids Kreations’ different products. Watch for more information in the coming weeks about this fun fundraiser!

Collegium Employee Spotlight: James Lyons

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week, and allows families and students to get to know them better. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you will be able to greet them by name and strike up conversations!

Watch this video to learn more about James Lyons, 535 Building Learning Support Instructional Assistant.

Education Explained: What is the Pre-AP Program?

Each week, CCS employees highlight common terms and philosophies in education, and explain how they impact teaching and learning at Collegium. This week's contribution comes from Dr. Rebecca Ratti, 9th-12th Grade Curriculum Supervisor.

The Pre-AP Program is designed to give all students the opportunity to learn the content and skills they need to successfully enroll in Advanced Placement classes and to do other college-level coursework. Last spring, the College Board selected Collegium Charter School from over 1,000 schools worldwide to participate in its new 2018-2019 Pre-AP Program.

Collegium currently offers Pre-AP courses to 9th Graders enrolled in College Prep (CP) or Honors-level Algebra 1, World History II, and World Literature & Composition, as well as Pre-AP Visual Arts.

One of the Pre-AP Program’s requirements is that 9th Graders in Pre-AP Algebra 1 and/or Pre-AP World Literature & Composition must take the PSAT 8/9 exam twice during the school year. Students will sit for the exam on Wednesday, October 10th, and then again in April 2019.

The PSAT 8/9 measures skills in reading, writing and language, and math, and allows students to see their strengths as well as areas where they need to improve. One new feature is that when students aged 13 and up get their test results, they can create College Board and Khan Academy accounts that provide personalized study recommendations.

Collegium is proud to have been selected by the College Board to implement the 2018-2019 Pre-AP Program and to offer its many benefits to our students. To learn more about the Pre-AP Program and the PSAT 8/9, check out the links below.

Questions about Collegium’s Pre-AP Program? Email Dr. Ratti.

Donations Wanted

ID/Key Lanyards

Our Operations Department can use donations of lanyards for IDs and keys. The Department frequently distributes lanyards to employees and vendors, and its supply is running very low!

If you can donate ID/key lanyards, please send them to Mrs. Shannon Leach, 435 Building. Email Mrs. Leach if you have questions.

Secret Student STEAM Activity Items

At the end of October, the 500 Building will begin its STEAM activity. While we would love to share what we'll be doing, we want to keep the activity a secret from our students. For it to be successful and to keep costs low, we need our CCS families' and employees' help to gather supplies. Your support in donating and collecting the following items will be greatly appreciated!

Donations can be sent to Mrs. Eileen Kahl, 500 Building. Thank you! We look forward to sharing our fun project with you!

Questions? Email Mrs. Kahl.

Upcoming PSAT Testing

The PSATs will be administered during the school day on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

Students who will be testing should get a good night’s sleep and be on time for school. All 10th Grade students will be testing, as will 9th Grade students in Pre-AP Algebra I and Pre-AP World Literature. Pre-registered 11th Grade students will also be testing.

Testing students should bring No. 2 pencils and a calculator with them on test day. Please do not bring mechanical pencils. Homeroom teachers will give testing students their testing room assignments. Test prep materials will be distributed to students before the test and may also be found on the College Board's website.

Questions? Email Mrs. White (students with last names A-K) or Mrs. Wolfe (students with last names L-Z).

Upcoming CCS Annual Science/STEM Fairs

Upcoming Open House

"Their ideas could someday change our world. We want to strongly encourage their creativity and confidence in that direction!"

The Science/STEM Fair committee will hold an Open House on Wednesday, October 24th from 6:00pm until 7:00pm in the 515 Auditorium. We would love for more students to participate in this year’s events, which include a 1st-12th Grade STEM Fair in mid-January and a Kindergarten Science/STEM Fair a few weeks later.

"The Science/STEM Fairs are a great way for students to explore topics they love and relate them to what they are learning in school," said Mrs. Kassaundra High, a CCS 3rd Grade Teacher and Science/STEM Fair Committee Member. "Their ideas could someday change our world. We want to strongly encourage their creativity and confidence in that direction!"

Please stop by our Open House if you're thinking of participating in this year's Science/STEM Fairs! We can answer your questions and help if you need ideas. If your child already knows that they'd like to sign up, please visit the link below.

Committee Members and Volunteers Needed

For the Science/STEM Fairs to run smoothly, we need both parent/guardian and CCS faculty and staff volunteers at the event. If you'd like to help plan this year's Science/STEM Fairs, we always welcome new committee members!

The committee consists of families and CCS employees. It meets about every three weeks on Wednesdays at 5:00pm in the 435 Building's Conference Room. Upcoming meetings are scheduled on:

  • Wed., October 17th
  • Wed., November 14th
  • Wed., December 5th
  • Wed., January 9th

The committee works together on both the 1st-12th Grade STEM Fair and the Kindergarten Science/STEM Fair events.

For questions and additional information, email Mrs. High. We hope to see you at our next meeting!

On-Campus Flu Clinic

In cooperation with the Chester County Health Department, CCS will hold its annual campus Flu Clinic on Friday, October 12th, from 8:45am to 12:00pm in the 150 Building. Pre-registration is required.

The Flu Clinic is open to students in Grades K-12, as well as to CCS employees. To register, please visit the SchoolCares link below. Use Collegium's Enrollment Code, PA08190, and then complete a form for each child you wish to register. Please note: The flu mist is not available this year. Only the injection will be offered.

The deadline for CCS Flu Clinic registration is Tuesday, October 9th. Registrations received after October 9th will not be processed. Registered students will be escorted to the 150 Building by CCS employees.

Questions or don't have computer access? Please email your child's School Nurse.

Grades 5-8 Scholastic Book Fair

It's Book Fair Time Again

This year’s 5th-8th Grade Book Fair is scheduled in the 500 Building from Monday, October 8th through Monday, October 15th. Students will visit the Book Fair with their classes to preview and buy Book Fair items. Book Fair Family Night is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10th from 5:00pm until 7:00pm in our 500 Building.

During Book Fair Family Night, we will raffle a prize basket full of books and other goodies. Every $1.00 you donate to "All for Books" will earn you a chance to win.

Book Fairs are tremendous motivators for student reading. They provide the hustling, bustling atmosphere of an active bookstore, while generating students’ interests with a wide range of books on topics and characters that appeal to them.

Families will find the prices affordable, and will enjoy checking out selections in advance through our Online Book Fair (open from Wednesday, October 3rd until Tuesday, October 16th). Families can again use E-Wallet through Scholastic to preload money into their children’s accounts, which students can then use during the Book Fair at school. E-Wallet will be available on Monday, October 8th at the start of the Book Fair.

Watch this video to hear 500 Building Principal, Mr. Shaun Murphy, share about our Book Fair going "AFK."

All of the Book Fair details can be found on our Book Fair webpage (linked below). We appreciate your support! Proceeds from CCS Book Fairs help our Libraries purchase new books and literacy programs for your children.

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Of course, our fantastic volunteers help make our Book Fairs successful! Volunteers keep the Book Fair organized, assist students as they explore reading options, help them stay on budget, and assist with other important Book Fair tasks.

Please sign up for one or more times when you can help. Volunteers must have current clearances that have been approved by CCS’s Human Resources Department in advance of volunteering. For information on clearances, visit the Volunteering page on the CCS website.

Home & School Association (HSA) Update

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! Proceeds from HSA fundraisers and activities help fund CCS education and operations.

Urgent: KidStuff Coupon Books

If you have not returned your KidStuff Coupon Book, please do so immediately or send in a $25.00 payment to your child's homeroom teacher.

If you have questions, please email our HSA Officers directly.

Tip Resources From The West Whiteland Police Department

Collegium is committed to maintaining a strong and trusting partnership with the West Whiteland Police Department (WWPD). Together, we encourage all Collegium students, staff, and parents/guardians to contact the WWPD with any information they feel should be investigated.

The WWPD has a dedicated email address and phone number for the public to use to provide information quickly and directly to them.

The email address and phone line above are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. We encourage anyone with information about suspected criminal activity to contact the WWPD using the email address, or by leaving a voicemail message on the WWPD Tip Line. Everyone utilizing the phone number or email address can remain anonymous, if they wish.

If your concerns are specific to the Collegium campus, we ask that you also contact your Building Principal(s):

Important Collegium Telephone Numbers

Collegium's Main Number


Building 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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