Collegium Newsletter August 27, 2018

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CCS Family Calendar

Collegium follows a six-day rotating schedule for all students. This schedule reduces schedule change effects on classes that do not meet daily.

For example, instead of your child's schedule being the same from Monday to Friday, he/she will have a schedule for Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, and Day 6. You can find the Days here in our digital weekly Newsletter and on the homepage of our website.

Mon., Aug. 27th - Day 6

  • Grades K-12: School Supply Drive Begins (Sponsored by the National Honor Society) (Collection Ends August 31st)

Tue., Aug. 28th - Day 1

  • 535 Building Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building

Wed., Aug 29th - Day 2

  • Senior Pictures (Class of 2019) | Gym @ 535 Building

Thu., Aug 30th - Day 3

  • 535 Building Detention 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building
  • Grades 9-12: CCS Morning News Anchor Auditions Meeting & Practice | Room 755 (Mac Lab) 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 535 Building

Fri., Aug 31st - Day 4

  • Grades K-12 and Employees: Early Dismissal (Grades 7-12 Dismissed at 11:30am; Grades K-6 Dismissed at 12:15pm)
  • Grades K-12: National Honor Society School Supply Drive Ends (Began August 27, 2018)

The First School Week Of 2018-2019 Is In The Books!

How great was your children’s first week at Collegium? Take a look below at the photos and Building Principal observations to get a glimpse of how things went from our viewpoint!

Let’s begin with our incoming Kindergartners —the graduating class of 2031! Half-day Orientation sessions helped ease the students and their parents/guardians into their first days of school by giving them the chance to meet teachers, spend time in classrooms, and learn about their schedules and activities. “Kindergarten Orientation went great,” according to Dr. Wight, Principal of the 468/486 Building. “We had two sessions and had full attendance at both. As we walked the students through the first day of school and their activities and expectations, I only saw smiles from staff, students, and parents!”

Kindergarten Orientation activities at our 468/486 Building.
"As we walked the students through the first day of school and their activities and expectations, I only saw smiles from staff, students, and parents!”

In our 150 Building, where students in Kindergarten through 4th Grade also attend, Building Principal Mr. Lawler concluded that “Students are loving the new playground. The fences are helping to keep the fun contained as students use the new basketball hoops, footballs, jump ropes, and other newly purchased equipment. We are going to need more basketballs!” Mr. Lawler also said that he continually saw teachers engaging students to build positive class culture and relationships. “Many great icebreakers and engaging activities were on display!”

Students at our 150 Building enjoying their new recess options.
"Students are loving the new playground. The fences are helping to keep the fun contained as students use the new basketball hoops, footballs, jump ropes, and other newly purchased equipment."
Students in our 500 Building using many of our new Chromebooks.

In our 5th and 6th Grade Building, “We really couldn't have asked for a better Day 1,” exclaimed Mr. Murphy, 500 Building Principal. “Half of the building got to experiment with the new Chromebooks one day, and the other half spent some time with them the next.” Both Mr. Murphy and Mrs. Rothermel, 500 Building Assistant Principal, visited classrooms throughout the week, answering questions and talking with students and teachers.

"Half of the building got to experiment with the new Chromebooks one day, and the other half spent some time with them the next."
Mr. Kelley's Design & Modeling class walking back to the 515 Building from the 500 Building.

Mr. Sterious, Middle School Principal, reported that the Middle School students “...had an outstanding start to the year. The kids were bright-eyed and ready to go. Our new 7th graders were eager to learn the building and get started in Middle School.” He added that “There were no issues with students who traveled to the 500 Building’s STEAM classroom, and students proactively helped dismissal run smoothly.”

"There were no issues with students who traveled to the 500 Building’s STEAM classroom, and students proactively helped dismissal run smoothly."
Our High School students were smiling and ready to take on new challenges!

In our High School, Monday, August 20th was set aside for just our 9th Graders. “The students had the chance to travel through their schedules and get the lay of the land without crowded hallways,” explained High School Principal Dr. O’Brien. “We enjoyed a day of personal physical challenges in ‘Minute to Win It’ style, goal setting, team building, teamwork, a scavenger hunt, and many moments of laughter!” The 9th Graders took the lead in welcoming the 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders with friendly and encouraging chalk messages on sidewalks outside of the building.

"We enjoyed a day of personal physical challenges in ‘Minute to Win It’ style, goal setting, team building, teamwork, a scavenger hunt, and many moments of laughter!"

We hope you agree that Collegium’s first week is in the books, and the entry is followed by a resounding “Well done!”

K-12 School Picture Days

Our School Picture Day schedule is below. Order Forms will be sent home with students this week. While all students will have their photos taken, only those students who have their order envelopes and payment (or proof of online payment) will be able to purchase photos. You can also find the Order Forms on our website's homepage and as links within this article.

  • 535 Building: Wednesday, September 5th
  • 500 Building: Wednesday, September 5th
  • 515 Building: Thursday, September 6th
  • 468/486 Building: Thursday, September 6th
  • 150 Building: Friday, September 7th

If a student forgets the order envelope or is absent, their photo can be taken on a Picture Retake Day to be scheduled later this fall.

Students wear their CCS uniforms for their pictures. If a student’s picture day is on a PE (Gym) day, it's okay for the student to be in the regular CCS uniform and not the PE uniform.

Class photos are an option for Grades K-6. Note that class photos will not be delivered with your child's picture order. Class photos are compilation photos, not group photos. They will be sent home in or about February, after all students' photos and photo retakes are complete.

150 Building ROAR Assembly

Collegium’s ROAR program is a positive and supportive school program that helps students understand the importance of Respect (be respectful), Acceptance (be accepting), Rigor (be outstanding), and personal Responsibility (be responsible). The goal of the program this year is to foster skill development in each of our students.

In the 150 Building, "The ROAR program has been a great opportunity to motivate all students to take responsibility for their own choices and learn the skills to have positive peer interactions,” said Brianna Angelucci, 150 Building Assistant Principal. “This initiative is so important that our building kicked-off the school year with a ROAR Assembly where students learned about the program.” After watching a video created by staff and other students about expected school behaviors, students in the Assembly participated in a friendly trivia competition about ROAR. There was even a surprise visit from Carl the Cougar!

Our faculty and staff are ready to support our students by teaching ROAR skills and values across the school day. The ROAR program is intentionally designed to foster the use of ROAR skills by all of our students. For instance, ROAR points are awarded to every class, and we’ve added a “Skill Ticket” to the program to acknowledge students as they learn and practice ROAR skills. We also transformed our “ROAR Golden Ticket” into a weekly drawing based on how many skill tickets students receive. This reinforces students’ ongoing use of ROAR life skills, which are critical to their success in school and to their future academic and vocational career achievement.

We are excited about these positive changes in our program; staff and parent feedback has been very supportive! Families are a key component in helping our students develop ROAR skills at school and at home. We encourage families to review the ROAR expectations regularly with their children!

Early Dismissal Procedures

This Friday, August 31st, is our first 2018-2019 Early Dismissal day.

  • Students in Grades 7-12 will be dismissed at 11:30am. The Parent Pick-Up Line for Grades 7-12 can form at 11:00am.
  • Students in Grades K-6 will be dismissed at 12:15pm. The Parent Pick-Up Line for Grades K-6 can form at 11:45am.

On Regular Dismissal and Early Dismissal days, please do not arrive on campus until the designated time for your child's building. If you arrive to the corporate center early, you must not park in CCS parking lots or the parking lots of our corporate center neighbors, like Sartomer.

Collegium employees will assist you with traffic. Be attentive and follow all of their instructions. To ensure the safety of our students, parents/guardians must stay in their vehicles during dismissal (and arrival).

At all times while driving on Collegium's campus, please display your building-specific vehicle placard(s). Forgot your placard(s)? Be prepared to present a photo ID to CCS staff.

Maps and videos of our campus traffic routes are on the Transportation page of our website. Review your route(s) ahead of time, and know your route(s) when you arrive to our campus. Please share this information with anyone who may be driving your child.

District-Provided Transportation Reminders

Buses will run early and late during the first few weeks of school. Please be at your child’s bus stop early, and plan to wait for late buses in the afternoon, as they can often run 30 or 40 minutes late at the start of the school year.

Why does this happen? We take extra time here on campus to be sure that students are getting on the correct buses. Bus drivers also take extra time during their bus routes to make certain that students are getting off at the correct stops. For the first few weeks of school, we advise that you add extra bus time into your family's schedule. Please also plan to be patient with buses. Everyone involved with busing your children is working to keep them safe!

If you're waiting at the bus stop and become concerned because the bus has not arrived...

Please do not call Collegium. Call the bus company directly (see the numbers below). The bus company can radio your child’s bus, determine its location, and advise you of the bus’s anticipated arrival time. Please make sure to call the correct company for your child’s bus route (the name is on your child’s bus) and have the bus number and bus stop location available when you call.

Does the length of your child’s bus ride seem excessive?

Please contact your home school district’s transportation office (numbers are below). While CCS certainly sympathizes with these problems, we have no ability to affect change with your home school district on these issues. However, we do track bus arrival and departure at CCS, and we report repeated bus lateness to the home school districts and bus companies.

  • Coatesville Area School District Transportation: 610-466-2418
  • Downingtown Area School District Transportation: 610-269-8460, ext. 6120
  • West Chester Area School District Transportation: 484-266-1040, press 2
  • Great Valley School District Transportation: 610-889-2133
  • Owen J. Roberts School District Transportation: 610-469-5254
  • Tredyffrin/Eastown School District Transportation: 610-240-1680
  • Phoenixville Area School District Transportation: 484-927-5026
  • Unionville/Chadds Ford District Transportation: 610-347-0804

Questions about Collegium’s role in the transportation process?

Email our Transportation Department or call us at 610-903-6375.

Upcoming CCST Auditions

Collegium Center Stage Theatre (CCST) will present Thornton Wilder's beloved Our Town on Thursday through Saturday evenings, October 18th, 19th, and 20th.

Auditions for our production will be held on Tuesday, September 4th from 3:30pm until 6:00pm in the 515 Building Auditorium. Auditions are open to all students in Grades 7-12.

For more information about how to audition for this production, please visit the CCST website via the link below.

If you have questions, email Ms. Stell.

The Den: Collegium's Newest Child Care Program

Collegium is excited to introduce a new recreation-based after-school program, called "The Den," for our students in Grades 7 and 8. The Den will operate after each school day from 3:30pm to 5:30pm in our 515 Building. Ms. LaNae Horsey, Director of Collegium's Child Care programs (Before/After-School Care and Camp Collegium) will supervise the team of CCS Middle and High School employees who serve as The Den's staff.

Watch the video below to see Ms. Horsey proudly announce The Den, then access the registration link to learn even more about the program.

Questions? Email Ms. Horsey.

Collegium Glossary

We recognize that it can be tricky to keep up with our grade levels and buildings. Here’s a glossary to help you keep track:

  • Elementary: Students in Grades Kindergarten-6th
  • MS: Our Middle School students, Grades 7-8
  • HS: Our High School students, Grades 9-12
  • 150 or 150 Building: 150 Oaklands Boulevard, home to half of our Kindergarten-4th Grade classes
  • 468/486 or 468/486 Building: 468 Thomas Jones Way and 486 Thomas Jones Way, home to the second half of our Kindergarten-4th Grade classes
  • 500 or 500 Building: 500 James Hance Court, where our students in Grades 5-6 have classes
  • 515 or 515 Building: 515 James Hance Court, our Middle School for students in Grades 7-8
  • 535 or 535 Building: 535 James Hance Court, our High School for students in Grades 9-12
  • 435 or 435 Building: 435 Creamery Way, where our Administrative Offices are located. No student classes are held in 435

Collegium Employee Spotlight

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 better able to greet them by name and strike up conversations!

Watch the video below to learn more about Joe Vogelgesang, Campus Safety Officer at Collegium Charter School.

Cougar Gear Sale For K-12th Grades

Throughout the school year, CCS students are encouraged to wear Cougar Gear to show their school spirit. Cougar Gear includes CCS T-shirts, sweatshirts, and other clothing items printed with the CCS logo. CCS teams, clubs, events, and fundraisers often also create various Cougar Gear items during the school year. The new Cougar Gear T-shirts pictured are on sale now through Sunday, September 2nd at 11:59 pm EST.

The design incorporates education-based graphic elements in the shape of a graduation cap, and includes the text, "Preparing Students For The Rigors Of College Life," and "Collegium Charter School."

To make our Cougar Gear Sale an easy online process, Collegium partnered with Bonfire, a design and technology company that helps people design and sell custom shirts.

Tracking Bonfire Orders

You can track your order status by visiting Bonfire's Track Your Order page. Just enter the order number from your confirmation email to view your shipping details. This page will keep you updated during each stage of your order's production and shipping. If you didn’t receive an order confirmation email, check your Spam/Junk folder, and search for “Bonfire." You can also send Bonfire a message via its Contact Us page.

Domestic Shipping

With Bonfire, domestic shipping starts at $3.99 for the first item. Each additional item ordered from the same campaign adds $2.50 in shipping. For larger orders of four or more products from the same campaign, domestic shipping costs stay flat at $11.49.

International Shipping

Bonfire is one of the few platforms that ships worldwide. For all orders that ship to destinations outside the U.S., including U.S. territories, International shipping starts at $9.99 for the first item, and increases $4.00 for each additional product ordered from the same campaign. For larger orders of four or more products from the same campaign, Bonfire's International shipping costs stay flat at $21.99.

Estimated Printing and Shipping Times

U.S. customers will receive their shirts between seven (7) and 14 business days after a campaign ends. International orders may take up to 21 business days to arrive.

Returns, Refunds, and Exchanges Courtesy of Bonfire

Occasionally, a Bonfire order might go awry. For all refund or reprint requests, just reach out to Bonfire via its Contact Us page. Bonfire's Customer Happiness Team will be pleased to make your order right. Here are few scenarios and how to resolve them with Bonfire:

  • Misprinted, Damaged, Defective, or Incorrect Orders: If Bonfire messes up and your order arrives misprinted, damaged, defective, or is incorrect in any way, it will gladly offer you the choice between a reprint of the product or a full refund.
  • Shirt Size Exchanges: If your shirt order does not fit as expected, or if the wrong size was ordered, Bonfire will gladly reprint your order in the correct size, free of charge.
  • All Other Returns: If you’ve simply changed your mind and would like to return your order, Bonfire is able to issue a refund for the cost of the apparel, plus shipping costs. Not included in your refund are the funds raised for Collegium (just a few dollars per shirt), which Bonfire sends to Collegium after the campaign ends.
  • Order Cancellations: If you’d like to cancel your order before the campaign’s end date, simply contact Bonfire. The company will cancel your order and issue you a full refund. After a campaign’s end date, Bonfire is not able to cancel orders because they are already being produced and shipped. Instead, please use Bonfire's Contact Us page to explore other options.

Label Your Children's Belongings!

Label your child’s backpack, lunchbox, uniform pieces, outerwear, and any other items with your child’s first and last names. If you have enough space, also include a phone number.

Attendance Reminder

If your child is absent, please call 610-903-1300, and choose Option 1 to let us know. You must also send a signed excuse note with your child on the day he/she returns to school.

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 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 Cares: CHIP

Pennsylvania's CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) provides high-quality health care coverage to help keep children strong.

CHIP covers uninsured kids and teens up to age 19. With more than 111,000 uninsured children in Pennsylvania, this is great news for families!

CHIP provides quality, comprehensive health insurance for routine doctor visits, prescriptions, dental needs, eye care, eyeglasses, mental health, and much more. CHIP covers uninsured children who are not eligible for Medical Assistance. For most families, CHIP is free – for others, it is low-cost.

Use the link below to access CHIP's website for additional details and resources about the program.

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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