Collegium Newsletter September 23, 2019

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CCS Family Calendar

Mon., Sept. 23rd - Day 1

  • CMS and 500 Building | Cycle A
  • Grades K-6: 20th Anniversary Spirit Week | Marvel Monday: Students will write letters to their personal heroes.
  • Grades 7-12: 20th Anniversary Spirit Week | Marvel Monday: Wear a Marvel shirt and jeans or uniform bottoms.
  • Grades K-6: School Picture Day!
  • Girls JV Volleyball vs. Community Academy of Philadelphia | Gym 2:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Boys V Cross Country vs. BAL League Meet 3:45pm @ Rose Tree Park
  • Boys V Soccer vs. Dock Mennonite Academy 3:45pm @ Dock Mennonite Academy
  • Girls V Volleyball vs. Community Academy of Philadelphia | Gym 3:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Girls V Cross Country vs. BAL League Meet 3:50pm @ Rose Tree Park

Tue., Sept. 24th - Day 2

  • CMS and 500 Building | Cycle A
  • Grades K-12: 20th Anniversary Spirit Week | Twin Day: Dress like someone else in your building.
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades 9-12: GSA Club Meeting | Cafeteria 3:00pm - 4:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades K-12: Help Sessions for PowerSchool/SDV Process | Large Conference Room 3:00pm - 7:00pm @ 435 Building (Admin. Offices)
  • Boys MS Soccer vs. DelCo Christian 3:30pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • 486 Building: Little Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 518 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 500 Building: Advancing Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 207 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Girls MS Volleyball vs. Renaissance Academy 4:00pm @ Renaissance Academy

Wed., Sept. 25th - Day 3

  • CMS and 500 Building | Cycle A
  • Grades K-12: 20th Anniversary Spirit Week | Wish Upon A Dream: Dress as your favorite Disney character.
  • Boys and Girls V Golf vs. BAL League Championships 7:15am @ Makefield Highlands Golf Club
  • Boys V Soccer vs. Church Farm 3:30pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • Boys MS Cross Country vs. DelCo Christian 3:45pm @ Delaware County Christian School-Lower School Field
  • National Elementary Honor Society Induction Practice | Gym 3:45pm - 6:00pm @ 500 Building
  • 486 Building: Junior Artists Club (Session 1) | Room 515 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Thu., Sept. 26th - Day 4

  • CMS and 500 Building | Cycle A
  • Grades K-12: 20th Anniversary Spirit Week | Monster University: Wear a college shirt with jeans.
  • Grades 9-12: Detention | Designated Classroom 3:00pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • Grades K-12: Help Sessions for PowerSchool/SDV Process | Large Conference Room 3:00pm - 7:00pm @ 435 Building (Admin. Offices)
  • CougarTek Esports Team Meeting | Technology Lab (Room 705) 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Boys MS Soccer vs. AIM Academy 3:45pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • Boys MS Soccer vs. Tinicum MS (Interboro) 3:45pm @ United Sports Training Center
  • Girls JV Volleyball vs. Coatesville | Gym 3:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • 150 Building: Student Council Meeting | Room 908 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • CougarTek Esports Team Meeting | Level13 eSports Gaming Center 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Girls V Volleyball vs. Coatesville | Gym 5:00pm @ 515 Building (HS)
  • National Elementary Honor Society Induction Ceremony | Gym 6:30pm - 8:30pm @ 500 Building

Fri., Sept. 27th - Day 5

  • CMS and 500 Building | Cycle A
  • Grades K-12: 20th Anniversary Spirit Week | Show Your CCS Pride: Wear a Collegium shirt with jeans.
  • Grades K-12: Early Dismissal for Students (PD for Faculty/Staff) | Grades 7-12 Dismissed at 11:30am; Grades K-6 Dismissed at 12:15pm
  • Boys V Soccer vs. Calvary Christian Academy 3:45pm @ Calvary Christian Academy-Front Field
  • Girls JV Volleyball vs. Dock Mennonite Academy | Gym 3:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)
  • Girls V Volleyball vs. Dock Mennonite Academy | Gym 4:45pm @ 535 Building (MS)

Sat., Sept. 28th

  • Grades 9-12: History Club Field Trip 7:30am - 6:30pm @ Museum of the American Revolution and Walking Tour

CHS's 6th Annual College Fair

On Friday, September 13th, Collegium High School (CHS) hosted its 6th Annual College Fair. Ms. Vicki Whisler, our HS Library Media Specialist, worked again this year with the growing list of school and U.S. Armed Forces representatives eager to talk with CHS students about their future education and career plans.

“Recruiting representatives love that our students are prepared and informed and that the fair is open to our entire High School,” Ms. Whisler said. “They appreciate being able to talk to CCS freshmen and sophomores, as well, as those students are just starting to think about college.”

"I found my school!" - Nayeli C., CCS 10th Grader
"The College Fair really made me want to think about my future, what it will look like, and what I want it to be." - Nile M., CCS 9th Grader

Students attending the College Fair were able to meet and speak with individuals from a variety of post-secondary education and careers, including:

  • Some of Pennsylvania’s most prestigious and popular universities, like Temple, Penn State, and Villanova.
  • A number of Associate Degree-granting schools, including Harcum College and Delaware County Community College.
  • Multiple technical, trade, and art schools, such as UTI (Universal Technology Institute), ATC (Automotive Training Center), Jean Madeline Institute for Cosmetology, Moore College of Art, Penn Academy of Fine Arts, and Penn College of Technology.
It’s never too early for students to begin thinking about and narrowing down their options for their future! Year after year, the college representatives who join us share how impressed they are with our students and how much they enjoy attending Collegium’s College Fair.” - Mrs. Jocelyn White, CHS School Counselor
"The CCS College Fair was a good opportunity to explore possibilities for our future." - Lizbeth C., CCS 11th Grader

Recruiters for the U.S. Air Force ROTC, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Naval Academy also attended the College Fair to share information with students considering post-High School service with our country’s Armed Forces.

"As a senior, the college fair itself was helpful; however, the activities led by teachers during the day were EXTREMELY helpful!" - Armi P., CCS 12th Grader

Our High School Counseling Department also arranged break-out information sessions tailored for students in each grade level:

  • 9th Graders explored their individual interests and how they could pursue them further after High School.
  • 10th Graders learned how to build a resume and search for various post-secondary programs and universities.
  • 11th Graders learned about the “college visit,” teacher recommendation letters, and finding the right post-secondary education match for them.
  • 12th Graders reviewed the college admissions process with their counselors and received feedback and support on their college essays from their English teachers.

CCS’s new HR Recruitment Coordinator, Mrs. Ariane Patton, visited the College Fair for the first time. “I was amazed by the number of colleges/universities that attended!” she said. “I thought that each university had very useful information for our students and that their representatives were warm and friendly. It was impressive to see how our students approached the representatives and how thoughtful their questions were about the schools’ degree programs.”

“Clearly, many of the students had researched the universities/colleges and were interested in hearing more about what the school could offer them in terms of education. CHS’s College Fair was a very invigorating experience!” - Ariane Patton, CCS HR Recruitment Coordinator

Mrs. Jocelyn White, one of our High School Counselors, was equally pleased with this year’s College Fair. “We’re so grateful to the wonderful faculty and staff and colleges for their help in making this day possible for our students. We believe in showing students their post-secondary options as early as possible, which is why all 9-12 Graders attend the College Fair each year.”

"This is a nice thing because you see schools you might not have thought about and different majors that they offer." - Corinne E., CCS 12th Grader

Mrs. Wolfe, also a CCS High School Counselor, agreed. “I am thankful to work with the College Fair Planning Team: Mrs. White, Ms. Whisler, and Mr. Handley. Their tireless efforts made this event a huge success. The College Fair has grown every year because of community and staff support. It has become an essential learning experience for our students. We look forward to hosting this event each year.”

Upcoming CHS Events: Save These Dates!

Thursday, October 24th

  • Financial Aid Night, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, 515 Building (HS) Library. This event will help 11th and 12 Graders and their families learn more about the financial aid process.
  • Dual Enrollment Night, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM, 515 Building (HS) Library and Classrooms. This event will be open to current High School students interested in participating in our Dual Enrollment programs with Delaware County Community College and Immaculata University. The Dual Enrollment programs allow High School students to earn college credits while still at CCS.

Monday, November 25th

  • FAFSA Completion Night, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, 515 Building (HS) Library and Cafeteria. Local and state financial aid representatives will be available to help you complete the FAFSA in one sitting!

Successful MS/HS School Supply Drive

Thank you to everyone who spread the word about our Middle School/High School UNICEF and National Honor Society School Supply Drive! CCS families made generous donations during and even after the Drive, and our Elementary School families brought supplies to collection stations set up during their children’s Back-to-School Nights.

“The response to our School Supply Drive was great! The Counseling Office has received the donations and is ready to distribute them to the CCS students who need them." - Ms. Nicole Cianci, HS Social Studies Teacher, and UNICEF Club Faculty Advisor

Extra supplies collected will be shared with two Philadelphia organizations: Youth Emergency Service, Inc. and Covenant House. These groups were selected by participating students because of their help getting school supplies to children who need them.

“Our HS UNICEF Club and NHS members wanted to make a difference for fellow students and others outside of CCS,” remarked Ms. Cianci. “CCS families helped them make that difference. That means a lot!”

Important Information From Our School Nurses

CCS’s Annual Flu Vaccine Clinic

CCS’s Annual Flu Vaccine Clinic for students is scheduled for Friday, October 11th. If you’d like your children to be vaccinated at the Clinic, please complete and submit an Influenza Vaccine Consent Form to your child’s School Nurse no later than Monday, October 7th. No late forms will be accepted.

The Consent Form is available as a “Resource” on the School Health/School Nurses page of Collegium’s website (see the link below). For Elementary students, you may also find the Consent Form on your child’s ClassDojo.

Magnus Health Reminder

Please be sure to review, update, and sign the pages on your child's Magnus Health account as soon as possible. Without this important information, students may not go on CCS Field Trips or receive treatments or over-the-counter medications at school.

Questions? Please contact your child’s School Nurse.

Technology Comes To The 500 Building Art Room

For a long time, 500 Building Art Teacher, Ms. Allison Thomas, has dreamt of using computers to expand her 5th and 6th Grade students’ exploration of art. Thanks to DonorsChoose, an organization that helps students and teachers all over the U.S. promote and fund their “classroom dreams,” Ms. Thomas reached her goal to purchase five Chromebooks for the Art Room.

According to Ms. Thomas, "I am overjoyed and cannot wait to share artwork and experiences with everyone when the Chromebooks are operational in the Art Room! Thank you to all of the donors who made this project possible!”

Ms. Thomas unboxing one of the new Chromebooks.
“What I love about my students is that they aren't afraid to try new things and push the boundaries of their own artwork. Our world is full of technology, and I want my students to learn about programs and equipment that drive the STEAM career paths available today.” - Ms. Thomas, 500 Building Art Teacher

The response to Ms. Thomas’ DonorsChoose Chromebook project was so overwhelming that she began a second project to purchase 3D printers and related technology. “After taking a 3D printing course last summer,” she explained, “I knew I wanted to create opportunities for my students to learn about 3D printing, a technology that drives multiple industries today.”

To learn more about Ms. Thomas’ “Full STEAM Ahead! 3D Printing in the Art Room” project and to make a donation, please access the link below. No donation is too small to create new opportunities for students to learn!

Collegium's 20th Anniversary

September 29th marks Collegium Charter School’s 20th Anniversary, a milestone for CCS as a charter school in Pennsylvania. To celebrate CCS’s epic anniversary, we’ve planned many activities and events for the entire CCS community.

Families arriving to Collegium's very first day of school in September 1999.

Pictures From 90s Day, Our Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off

Take a look at the pictures below to see the enthusiastic 90s Day participation across campus last Friday.

150 Building 90s Day

468/486 Building 90s Day

500 Building 90s Day

CMS 535 Building 90s Day

CHS 515 Building 90s Day

Anniversary Spirit Week, Monday, September 23rd to Friday, September 27th

For students in Grades K-12, there'll be an Anniversary Spirit Week from Monday, September 23 through Friday, September 27, with special dress-down attire or activities each day.

  • Monday, September 23rd, “Marvel Monday”: Students in Grades K-6 will write letters to their personal heroes, like someone in their family or from the community. The heroes will actually receive the letters! Students in Grades 7-12 will wear a Marvel shirt and jeans or uniform bottoms.
  • Tuesday, September 24th, “Twin Day”: Students are invited to dress like someone else in their building. They’ll have great fun seeing if their “twins” recognize themselves.
  • Wednesday, September 25th, “Wish Upon A Star Day”: Students can dress as their favorite Disney character, from a princess to a stormtrooper. Props are not allowed, however.
  • Thursday, September 26th, “Monster University”: College shirts and jeans are the dress of the day today!
  • Friday, September 27th, “Show Your Cougar Pride”: Students may wear a Collegium shirt (e.g., ROAR, Cougar Pride) with jeans.

We’ll share activities for October and future months in our weekly Newsletter and CCS Family Calendar. We hope that all families will join us to celebrate Collegium, our 20th Anniversary, and school choice in Pennsylvania!

Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make this 20th Anniversary possible!

Reminder: Performing Arts Center Construction Impacting Campus Traffic

In May 2017, CCS announced plans to construct a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center (PAC) alongside our 515 High School Building. Our Operations Department is very happy to share that the PAC’s construction plans are now moving forward. The construction will impact some of CCS’s traffic patterns, as described below.

A map showing adjustments to campus traffic patterns.

Construction Steps Started Friday, September 20th

  • The area behind our 515 High School (HS) Building was shut down and will not be accessible until further notice.
  • A fence was installed that completely blocks the back of our 515 (HS) Building (see map).

Impact on CCS Traffic Patterns

  • The entryway/driveway for the 515 (HS) Building is now a single lane (see map).
  • The building/lane split has moved to the west side of the 515 (HS) Building (see map).
  • Every school day between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM, the 515 (HS) Building entryway/driveway will be completely closed/blocked off.
  • HS Parent/Guardian Pickup can begin no earlier than 2:30 PM. Vehicles cannot arrive before 2:30 PM as there is no room on campus for them to wait for Parent/Guardian Pickup to begin.
  • Elementary Parent/Guardian Pickup can begin no earlier than 3:15 PM. Vehicles cannot arrive before 3:15 PM because there is no place on our campus for vehicles to wait.

We thank you for your patience. As a reminder, please do not use our corporate center neighbors’ parking lots.

Questions? Use the button provided to email our Operations Department.

K-12 School Picture Days Scheduled

Collegium's K-11th Grade School Picture and Photo Retake Days are:

  • Grades K-6: Mon., Sept. 23rd (School Picture Day)
  • Grades 7-11: Mon., Sept. 30th (School Picture Day)
  • Grades 7-11: Mon., Nov. 11th (Photo Retake Day)
  • Grades K-6: Mon., Nov. 18th (Photo Retake Day)

Students were given paper order forms from Barksdale School Portraits (Barksdale) to bring home. Each order form contains picture pricing and package information, Barksdale Customer Service contact details, and a unique access code for online ordering and payment.

Examples of the paper order forms from Barksdale for Grades K-6 (left) and Grades 7-11 (right).

Parents/guardians can prepay online using the button below and their unique Barksdale access code (located on the order form). Orders can also be submitted using the envelope portion of the order form.

Please return either your payment envelope or your online receipt from Barksdale on your child's scheduled Picture Day.

All questions about picture orders can be answered directly by Barksdale Customer Service Representatives. Don't hesitate to call them at 1-800-220-7667.

Todas las preguntas relacionadas con el Día de Fotografías, deben ser dirigidas al Departamento de Atención al Cliente de Barksdale School Portraits: 1-800-220-7667.

SchoolMessenger Text Notifications Update

On Monday, September 23rd, CCS will make some changes to our SchoolMessenger system that will allow families to continue to receive text message notifications from our school.*

After the changes are made, you may receive a text message from CCS’s “short code,” 67587, inviting you to opt-in or opt-out of text message notifications from CCS. The text message will read something like this:

“Collegium Charter School. Reply Y to subscribe or STOP to cancel. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. Visit schoolmessenger.com/txt for info.”

This text message may also generate whenever you change your cell phone number with CCS.

Please be sure to respond with a “Y” or “Yes” if you want to continue to receive our SchoolMessenger text notifications. You can decide to opt-out of the text messages at any time by texting “STOP” to 67587. If you don’t respond to the opt-in/opt-out text message, the messages will automatically stop.

To review your SchoolMessenger preferences, access your PowerSchool Parent Account and select the SchoolMessenger link in the navigation menu. Questions? Our SchoolMessenger staff will be happy to assist you. Email them using the button provided.

*You may want to check with your wireless carrier to see if you will be charged for the text messages. CCS does not reimburse charges associated with text messages sent by SchoolMessenger.

News From Our Athletics Department

Elementary Fall Intramural Programs

Collegium’s Elementary Intramural Programs offer a variety of opportunities for students in Kindergarten through 6th Grade 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 running, soccer, basketball, and Cougar Olympic Games.

Our Elementary Intramural Programs are scheduled after school from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Each program will be four sessions long.

To register your child for a program, complete and submit the required registration form and fee by the designated due date. Links to the Registration Forms are shared below and will also be posted on the CCS Intramurals page a few weeks in advance of each program.

Running Intramurals are up first, beginning on Monday, September 30th. This program is for students with a passion for running as well as first-time runners. Students enrolled in the running intramural program will learn appropriate techniques for running. Coaches will motivate students to set goals, accomplish them, and then set new ones. In addition, there will be meaningful lessons centered on team building, developing relationships, and making new friends.

Please feel free to email our Intramurals Program Coordinator, Mr. Revnell, with questions.

CCS Athletics Gear Available Now

Show your school pride by wearing gear specially designed for your fall CCS athletics team! To view and purchase team gear, check out our CCS Athletics Online Store now using the link provided below.

The CCS Athletics Online Store will close on Sunday, September 29th, so don’t delay!

Repurpose Your Used Baby Food Jars

CCS’s High School (HS) Art Department wants to repurpose your used baby food jars and lids!

Our more advanced HS Art students will be exploring oil painting again this year, and they’ll need about 20 jars to mix painting medium and walnut oil with their oil paints.

Please send your cleaned jars and lids to our 515 (HS) Building, attention Mrs. Beth Steines. Thank you!

From Our Food Service Department

Application Expiration

The meal applications for the school year 2018-19 expire on October 1, 2019. If you are in the Free or Reduced-Price Meal program, you must reapply by this deadline or your benefits will expire.

Letters and emails have gone out to all of the families who need to reapply. You can apply online using the link below or fill out a paper application and send it in with your child. If you have already reapplied, thank you!

If you have questions, please email our Food Service Assistant, Mrs. Francine McGrath.

It’s Book Fair Time For Grades 5 And 6!

‘Tis the season for the 500 Building’s Scholastic Book Fair!

Our Grades 5-6 Scholastic Book Fair will run from Monday, September 30th through Tuesday, October 8th. Students will visit the Book Fair with their classes to preview and buy Book Fair materials.

Book Fairs are fun and interesting events for students. The hustling and bustling environment is similar to an active book store and generates student excitement about reading and finding new books.

At the 500 Building Book Fair, your children will be able to explore a wide range of affordable books and materials about topics and characters that interest them. Book Fair purchases also help to support our Library, as 50% of students' purchases go to CCS!

For Parents/Guardians

  • Beginning Sunday, September 22nd, you can check out the Book Fair selections in advance through our Online Book Fair (see link below).
  • We will again use eWallet through Scholastic, which lets you pre-load money to your child’s account for them to use during the Book Fair at school. eWallet will be available beginning Friday, September 13th.
  • All Book Fair details can be found on our Book Fair web page (linked below).
  • There won’t be a Family Night for this Book Fair, so please utilize the Online Book Fair and eWallet for your children!
  • Note that the new Dog Man book, “Fetch-22,” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball” aren’t available yet. Advance purchase forms for both books are located in the 500 Building Library and will also be sent home soon.

This is a Book Fair designed for students in Grades 5-8. Watch for information about our K-4th Grade Book Fair soon!

Book Fair Volunteers

Of course, our fantastic volunteers help make our Book Fairs successful! Volunteers keep the Fair organized, assist students as they explore reading options (while helping them stay on budget), and other important tasks. Our Book Fair Volunteers also receive loads of thanks and appreciation from everyone in the 500 Building, as well as 10% off at the Book Fair!

Please use the Volunteer Signup button below to sign up for one or more times when you can help. Volunteers must have current clearances approved in advance by CCS’s Human Resources Department. Use the Volunteering page link below to learn more about the clearances and volunteering with CCS!

Attendance Reminder

If your child is absent, please let us know by calling 610-903-1300, choosing Option #1, and following the instructions for your child's building. You must also send a signed excuse note with your child on the day they return to school.

Tip Resources From The West Whiteland Police Department

Collegium maintains 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 the WWPD.

The email address and phone line above are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. If you have information about suspected criminal activity, we encourage you 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, please also contact your Building Principal(s):

Community Opportunities

In this section, Collegium passes along information on local events and activities our families may want to explore. We will not include information about activities that compete with Collegium programs, non-Collegium fundraisers, or information from for-profit companies.

Cub Scouts Open House

Cub Scouts is a year-round program for children aged 5-10 and their families. This Boy Scouts of America program builds character, citizenship, and personal fitness. The program is also flexible enough to work with other activities in which participating children might be involved.

To learn more and sign up, come to the Cub Scouts Open House in CCS's 150 Building Cafeteria on Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00 PM. Contact Mr. Ian Peltier for more information.

Girl Scouts Open House

Interested in joining the next generation of female leaders? Join us at the Girl Scouts Open House on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. The Open House will be held in the 500 Building’s Cafeteria (500 James Hance Court, Exton, PA 19341).

There will be fun Girl Scout-led activities, snacks, and information on how you can join 2.6 million Girl Scouts in building the power of G.I.R.L.!

Register up until September 25th, the day of the Open House, to receive FREE membership for new leaders and girls! Please email Taj Nero using the button below for additional information.

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 (HS): Ext. 6300
  • 535 Building (MS): Ext. 6602

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