Collegium Newsletter September 24, 2018

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Sep. 24th

  • Grades K-12: No School for Students (Professional Development Day for Faculty/Staff)

Tue., Sep. 25th — Day 1

  • Detention 3:20pm - 4:20pm @ 535 Building
  • Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Perkiomen School 3:45pm @ Perkiomen School
  • 150 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 827 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 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
  • Grades 9-12: Girls Volleyball Practice | Gym 4:00pm - 6:00pm @ 535 Building
  • 468/486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 1) | 486 Building Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Wed., Sep. 26th — Day 2

  • Grades K-6: ROAR T-Shirt Day (With Uniform Bottoms)
  • Boys And Girls Varsity Golf vs. BAL Schools 7:15am @ Makefield Highlands Golf Club
  • Boys Middle School Soccer vs. AIM Academy 3:45pm @ AIM Academy
  • Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Academy of the New Church | Gym 3:45pm @ 535 Building
  • Girls Varsity Cross Country vs. All TCISL Schools 3:45pm @ Perkiomen School
  • 150 Building: Junior Artists Club Session 1 | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 468/486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 518 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 486 Building
  • Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Academy of the New Church | Gym 4:45pm @ 535 Building

Thu., Sep. 27th — Day 3

  • Detention 3:20pm - 4:20pm @ 535 Building
  • Boys And Girls Varsity Golf vs. Woodlynde 3:30pm @ Ingleside Golf Club
  • Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Owen J. Roberts High School | Gym 3:45pm @ 535 Building
  • Girls Middle School Volleyball vs. Renaissance Academy 4:00pm @ Renaissance Academy
  • National Elementary Honor Society Induction Ceremony and Reception | Cafeteria/Gymnasium 6:00pm @ 500 Building
  • Boys Middle School Cross Country vs. Barrack Hebrew Academy 4:15pm @ Barrack Hebrew Academy
  • Girls Middle School Cross Country vs. Barrack Hebrew Academy 4:15pm @ Barrack Hebrew Academy
  • Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Owen J. Roberts High School | Gym 4:45pm @ 535 Building

Fri., Sep. 28th — Day 4

  • K-12 Cougar Challenge - Wear Cougar Gear With Uniform Bottoms
  • 515 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room 7:45am
  • Boys Middle School Soccer vs. Kimberton Waldorf School 3:45pm @ Kimberton Upper Field
  • Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Valley Forge Military Academy 3:45pm @ Valley Forge Military Academy
  • 468/486 Building: 4th Grade Rec Night | Gym, Cafeteria, Classrooms 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Grades 7-8: Movie Night (A Quiet Place, PG-13) | Auditorium 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Building

Sat., Sept. 29th

  • Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country Paul Short Invitational 10:30am @ Lehigh University
  • Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball vs. Octorara High School 11:00am @ Octorara High School
  • Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Octorara High School 12:30pm @ Octorara High School

Collegium's Science/STEM Fair

Upcoming Open House

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!"

A participant from our 2018 event.

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 Fair 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!

Pictures from the 2018 event.

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., September 26th
  • 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.

Participants from our 2018 event.

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

WWPD Building Walkthroughs

Collegium is fortunate to continue our long-lasting and highly beneficial relationship with the West Whiteland Police Department (WWPD). While faculty and staff are familiar with seeing WWPD officers and vehicles on campus, a police presence on school grounds can be concerning for our families.

WWPD seeks every opportunity to cultivate the Collegium Community's trust. We encourage the WWPD to use our campus to enhance its officer training during non-school hours. CCS also welcomes the WWPD to complete walkthroughs of our buildings when school is in session.

Bill Duffy, Collegium's Campus Safety Coordinator, has long-established connections with the WWPD and many other first response agencies across Chester and Delaware Counties. "Walkthroughs are a vital aspect of our relationship with the WWPD," said Mr. Duffy. "They give our employees and students the opportunity to become familiar with WWPD officers, and also allow the officers to get to know our facilities, employees, and students. In a true emergency, familiarity with our campus and procedures will allow the WWPD to respond more quickly and thoroughly."

"The students LOVED seeing a police officer jump on a scooter and join their PE lesson."

Last week, after a 500 Building walkthrough, one of the WWPD's officers spontaneously approached Health and P/E Teacher Ms. Winters about the Scooter Ball her 5th Grade class was playing. The officer ended up playing a few rounds with the class! "The officer told me that he remembered playing Scooter Ball when he was young," said Ms. Winters. "He explained that our version looked more fun, and asked for permission to play. The students LOVED seeing a police officer jump on a scooter and join their PE lesson!"

If you see WWPD officers on campus, please understand that their presence is not indicative of an issue. Instead, we ask our parents/guardians and students to understand that Collegium welcomes the WWPD to its campus and will continue to foster our partnership to help ensure student safety.

500 Building Career Day

On Monday, November 19th, Collegium will host a Career Day for our 5th and 6th Grade students from 9:00am to 11:00am. We need parents/guardians and community members to come to Collegium that day to talk to students about their careers and to answer questions they may have. This is a wonderful opportunity to help expose students to 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.

This 500 Building student wants to be a Health and P/E teacher!

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

Middle School Updates

Upcoming Movie Night

The 515 Building’s Movie Night will be held on Friday, September 28th from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The featured movie will be A Quiet Place, rated PG-13.

To help determine if A Quiet Place is appropriate for your child, we encourage families to review and discuss the IMDb Parents Guide information for this film.

Collegium staff will chaperone the students during Movie Night. The event is free for students. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase (cash, only). All students must be picked up at the 515 Building’s Cafeteria entrance by 8:00 pm on Friday, September 28th.

Students will only be permitted to attend Movie Night if Collegium has received their Permission Forms by the start of the event on Friday, September 28th.

Questions? Email Mr. Ford or Mrs. Enns.

Principals' Coffee Chats

Last year, Collegium Principals welcomed parents/guardians to Coffee Chats at their buildings. These Coffee Chats give parents/guardians the chance to join our Principals for coffee and informal conversation covering the school, events, and academic programming.

In the Coffee Chat Invitation video below, CCS Middle School Principal Mr. Sterious invites families to the 515 Building's first 2018-2019 school year Coffee Chat.

Upcoming Coffee Chats in other CCS Buildings are listed below:

  • 515 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room, Fri., Sept. 28th at 7:45am
  • 500 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room, Wed., Oct. 3rd at 9:00am
  • 535 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | Conference Room, Tue., Oct. 23rd at 2:00pm
  • 468/486 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat | 486 Conference Room, Wed., Nov. 14th at 10:00am

8th Grade Field Trip

The 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington D.C. is scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd through Friday, May 24th. During the trip, students will visit national monuments and some of the Smithsonian Museums. We will be staying at the 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The hotel has an on-site recreational area, fully equipped with internet access and entertainment options.

Permission Slips were distributed on Tuesday, September 11th. Extra Forms are included below and are also available in the 515 Building's Main Office. The first deposit of $65.00 (cash, only) is due by Friday, October 5th along with the signed Permission Slip.

If you have questions or concerns with the cost of the trip, contact Mrs. Wallace.

Flu Clinic On Campus

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, PA08190and 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 contact your child's School Nurse.

Education Explained: Cyberbullying

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 Ms. Sharon Cohen, 486 Building Assistant Principal.

Online bullying, or cyberbullying, is here to stay. The likelihood of a child being exposed to cyberbullying is actually increasing as technology advances and internet platforms change and multiply. That means that protecting children from cyberbullying—or from inflicting bullying behaviors on others—is becoming much more difficult.

Cyberbullying is unique. First, the internet is “on” and available 24/7/365. Second, online messages are permanent. Whether cyberbullies use social media, text, email, or instant messaging, online communities or social groups, or even online gaming, their cyberattacks cannot be erased. This reality can make the bully’s harm even more profound, especially for victims and their families.

Online platforms work hard to protect users from cyberbullying, but they are finding it difficult to keep up. This is where educators, families, and friends can make a huge difference by remaining aware of how and when children use technology. We encourage parents/guardians to be a part of their children’s circle of social media friends, to maintain access to their children’s cell phones and email accounts, and to use parental controls and monitoring software when available.

It’s also important to understand the tools cyberbullies use to harm their victims. According to informED.com, they include:

  • Harassment or repeated insults through various forms
  • Defamation of a person’s character through derogatory postings, rumors, or images
  • Flaming or fighting messages using anger and vulgar language
  • Outing or deceiving someone into sharing secrets or private information
  • Polling such as posting an image on a voting website to make fun of a person’s looks
  • Impersonation or identity theft to embarrass or destroy a person’s identity
  • Cyber Stalking including sending intimidating or threatening messages
  • Sexting including sexual solicitation and/or exploitation

We can also be mindful of the signs children often display when they are involved in a bullying situation:

  • Social/Emotional: Lowered self-esteem, depression/anxiety, loneliness/isolation, humiliation; a sense of failure; feelings of helplessness
  • Physical: Self-harm, such as cutting, suicide attempts, drug/alcohol use; a weakened immune system; ailments like stomach issues, skin conditions, weight gain/loss
  • Academic: Falling grades/test scores, a general lack of motivation and engagement, problems with attention and focus, excessive absences
  • Relationships: Loss of friendships/difficulty establishing friendships; lack of trust

Please talk with your children at home about bullying and the damage and problems it can cause. Assure them that help is available and that bullying should never be kept secret or inflicted on others.

Parents/guardians can report bullying to CCS using the Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Incident Report Form below. The Report Form goes to Building Administrators, who ensure that incidents are investigated and followed through to a resolution. As needed, Principals will work with School Counselors, staff, students, and families to manage bullying issues.

We’ve listed a few additional resources below to help you learn more about this important subject. Thank you!

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Jessica D'Ambra

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 Jessica D'Ambra, 150 Building Kindergarten Teacher.

2018 Cougar Challenge

What's the Cougar Challenge? It's our annual walk/exercise-a-thon to raise money for Collegium's Home & School Association (HSA). The HSA provides considerable 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? These activities represent the huge efforts volunteers and Collegium founders made to secure the 1,000+ community member signatures that helped Collegium first open its doors in January 1999.

Last year, our families raised over $30,000 through the Cougar Challenge. We want to exceed that amount this year during Friday, September 28th's event. If each CCS family is able to solicit just $100 in donations, we will far exceed that goal! The HSA will use the proceeds for the needs of CCS and its students.

If your family and friends prefer to donate using a credit card, use the link below.

Elementary Intramural Programs

Collegium’s Elementary Intramural Programs offer a variety of opportunities for Kindergarten through 6th Graders to participate in activities designed to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Our programs focus on athletic fundamentals and social interactions, with an emphasis on sportsmanship. Programs this fall include activities like running, soccer, and Cougar Fit Club.

Elementary Intramural Programs are scheduled after school. The number of sessions varies depending upon the program. To register, parents/guardians must complete a program-specific Registration Form and submit it, along with the required fee, by the due date for that program. Links to Registration Forms will be included in the weekly Newsletter and posted on the CCS Intramurals webpage prior to the start of each program.

Intramurals begin this year with our Running Club, which starts October 1st. The Running Club is for students with a passion for running, as well as first-time runners. Enrolled students will learn appropriate techniques for running, and coaches will motivate students to set goals, accomplish those goals, and then set new ones. There will also be meaningful lessons on team building, developing relationships, and making new friends.

Questions? Please email our Intramural Program Coordinator, Mr. Revnell.

Scholastic Book Fair For Grades 5-8

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.

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 keep them on budget, and assist with many 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.

Earn Cash Rewards for CCS Through Giant's A+ School Rewards Program

Collegium participates in and earns cash from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Giant!

To participate, visit the link below and follow the prompts to create your online Giant account. You’ll need your 11-digit BONUSCARD® number and Collegium's ID number, 23968. You do not need to re-register your card if your school selection(s) remains the same as last year's.

If you don't know your BONUSCARD® number, call Giant Customer Care at 1-888-814-4268, option #1.

You can earn cash for Collegium by using your registered BONUSCARD® every time you shop. The number of points you earn will appear on your store receipt. You can log into your Giant account to check the total cash rewards Collegium has earned so far (Giant calculates your points and converts them into cash rewards monthly). Collegium receives the total A+ School Rewards annually, and uses them for student education needs.

Please encourage your family members and friends to support our school through Giant's A+ School Rewards program!

Home & School Association (HSA) Updates

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.

HSA Parent/Guardian Representatives Wanted

The HSA is looking to appoint parent/guardian representatives to communicate HSA news and fundraisers to their children's buildings. If you are interested in finding out more, please email the HSA Officers directly.

West Whiteland Police Department Tip Resources

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):

Collegium's Main Number


Extensions For Our Buildings' Main Offices

  • 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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