Collegium Newsletter January 22, 2018

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, Jan. 22nd - Day 3

  • Grades 7-12 Only: Rescheduled Mid-Term Exams (AM)
  • Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy 3:45pm @ 535 Gym
  • MS Boys' Basketball (A) vs. Showalter Middle School 3:45pm @ Showalter MS
  • MS Girls' Basketball (A) vs. Showalter Middle School 3:45pm @ 500 Gym
  • MS Boys' Basketball (B) vs. Showalter Middle School 4:45pm @ Showalter MS

Tuesday, Jan. 23rd - Day 4

  • 515 Building: Principals' Coffee Chat with Parents 2:30pm - 3:30pm @ 515 Conference Room
  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Westtown School 3:45pm @ 500 Gym
  • Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. The Phelps School 3:45pm @ The Phelps School
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Westtown School 3:45pm @ Westtown Campus
  • HSA Public Meeting 4:30pm - 5:30pm @ 535 Cafeteria
  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Westtown School 4:45pm @ 500 Gym
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (B) vs. Westtown School 4:45pm @ Westtown School

Wednesday, Jan. 24th - Day 5

  • 515 Building: Middle School Coding & Robotics Program 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building, Room 337
  • Girls' Varsity Basketball vs. Perkiomen 3:45pm @ 535 Gym
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Renaissance Academy 3:45pm @ 500 Gym
  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Renaissance Academy 4:45pm @ 500 Gym

Thursday, Jan. 25th - Day 6

  • Character Counts Dress Down Day - Trustworthiness - Blue Shirt with Uniform Bottoms
  • Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy 3:45pm @ Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
  • Girls' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Renaissance Academy 4:00pm @ Renaissance Academy
  • Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy 5:00pm @ Barrack Hebrew Academy
  • Boys' Middle School Basketball (A) vs. Renaissance Academy 5:15pm @ Renaissance Academy

Friday, Jan. 26th - Day 1

  • K-6: Elementary Student Council Food Drive Ends @ All K-6 Buildings (See Article)
  • Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Phelps 4:00pm @ The Phelps School
  • Rescheduled 515 Building Rec Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Gym and Cafeteria (See Article)

Saturday, Jan. 27th

  • Boys' Varsity Basketball vs. Plumstead Christian High School 3:00pm @ 535 Gym
  • Boys' Junior Varsity Basketball vs. Plumstead Christian High School 4:30pm @ 535 Gym

Second Annual K-6 Food Drive

Our Elementary Student Council's Second Annual K-6 Food Drive runs until Friday, January 26th, and benefits our local Chester County Food Bank.

To support the Food Drive, please bring in non-perishable food items, and drop them in the collection boxes located in our K-6th Buildings' Main Office/Lobby areas. Items most needed are:

  • Pasta/Rice
  • Canned Fruit/Vegetables
  • Canned Tuna/Chicken
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Soups

Thank you for your support! Please email your building's Elementary Student Council Advisor if you have questions or need additional information.

Learn more about the Chester County Food Bank by visiting their website.

Middle School Updates

1. Mid-Term Exam Rescheduled

The Mid-Term Exam schedule was shifted forward one day because of last week’s winter weather closure. The exam originally scheduled for Friday, January 19th, will now take place on Monday, January 22nd. Monday will also be Day 3 in our academic cycle.

2. Principals' Coffee Chat

Collegium Middle School Principal, Mr. Sterious, and Middle School Assistant Principal, Mr. Harkins, invite families to a Principals’ Coffee Chat on Tuesday, January 23rd from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Please see their invitation video below!

Coffee Chats offer parents/guardians the opportunity to join our Principals for coffee and informal conversation covering the school, events, and academic programming.

Upcoming Coffee Chats for all CCS Buildings are listed below:

  • 515 Building Coffee Chat: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM @ 515 Conference Room
  • 535 Building Coffee Chat: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018 2:00 PM @ 535 Conference Room
  • 150 Building Coffee Chat: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018 7:30 AM @ 150 Conference Room
  • 468/486 Building Coffee Chat: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ 486 Conference Room
  • 500 Building Coffee Chat: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ 500 Conference Room

Search the Collegium Calendar for “coffee” for the full list of scheduled Principal Coffee Chats.

3. Rec Night Rescheduled

The 515 Building Rec Night has been rescheduled for Friday, January 26th from 6:00pm–8:00pm in the 515 Building. There will be dodgeball and basketball in the gym, and a movie room and craft room for student entertainment. Snacks and drinks will be provided for the students.

To participate, students must return a completed Permission Slip, along with a $5.00 per student fee, by the night of the event, January 26th. Students will not be permitted at the Rec Night if the completed Permission Form and payment are not received.

Questions? Please email Mr. Ford.

4. Reminder: 7th Grade Field Trip Payments

Payments for the 7th Grade Field Trip are due on Friday, January 26th. If you have questions, please email Ms. Pouncy.

5. Donations Needed

The 515 Building requests the following donations:

  • Pencils
  • Lined Paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Tissues

Please send all donations to the 515 Main Office. Thank you in advance!

High School Updates

PSAT Score Reports

All students who completed the PSAT Testing in October will receive their score reports this week. Please contact your child's School Counselor or The College Board if you have questions after reviewing the report:

  • Student last names beginning with A-K, please email Ms. Tracey.
  • Student last names beginning with L-Z, please email Mrs. Wolfe.

College Planning Night

Please mark your calendars for our first College Planning Night on Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm in the 535 Building. College Planning Night is open to Sophomores, Juniors, and their families.

At the College Planning Night, representatives from various colleges and universities will provide an introduction to the college application process. Topics covered will include admission requirements, financial aid, programs of study, and more. There will also be a question and answer session with the representatives.

Please RSVP by Friday, February 2nd to the email address below. Be sure to include the number of attendees in your RSVP. The High School Counseling Department looks forward to seeing you there!

Kindergarten Science Fair

It is not too late to sign up for the Kindergarten Science Fair scheduled for Wednesday, January 31st from 4:00pm until 6:00pm in the 468 Building. Visit the Science Fair website to sign up and register your child. If you have questions, Ms. Yanoviak will be happy to answer them.

More information will be sent home to students who register for the Kindergarten Science Fair.

3rd Annual 5K Cougar Classic

Our 3rd Annual 5K Cougar Classic will take place Saturday, April 21st, right here on Collegium’s campus. Activities include a competitive 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a Kids' Dash. Registration is now open!

For registration, more information, and details on how to become a sponsor, access the 5K Cougar Classic website via the link below.

For registration, more information, and details on how to become a sponsor, access the 5K Cougar Classic Website via the link below.

Jump Rope for Heart Updates

150 Building Jump Rope For Heart

The 150 Building is excited to announce that its annual Jump Rope for Heart event is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, February 8th and 9th!

PE Teacher, Mr. Falcone, with two of his 150 Building PE students.

All information about the event was sent home last week. We look forward to having a great time! Please email your child's Physical Education teacher with any questions. Thank you!

468/486 Building Jump Rope For Heart

Students in the 468/486 Buildings will participate in Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) events on Thursday and Friday, February 8th and 9th. These annual events help to increase awareness of heart-health education and community service. Through our participation, CCS also earns gift certificates from the American Heart Association for new Physical Education equipment.

Donation envelopes and a parent letter explaining the JRFH were sent home with students. If your child did not receive these items, please contact his/her homeroom teacher. Donations are encouraged, but are not mandatory. All students will participate in the JRFH regardless of donation status.

This year, students who raise the most donations may have an opportunity to “pie” their favorite teacher at the event!

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Devyn Davis

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

Education Explained

Each week, CCS Administrators highlight common terms and philosophies in education, and explain how they impact teaching and learning at Collegium. This week's contribution comes from Sharon Ousey, 486 Building Assistant Principal.


Mindfulness isn’t just for meditation and yoga anymore! Bringing mindfulness practice into the classroom positively affects both students and education outcomes, according to The Association for Mindfulness in Education.

At its core, mindfulness is the awareness that emerges when we pay attention, on purpose and in a non-judgmental way, to our thoughts, emotions, sensations, and surrounding environment. “Present moment awareness” and “emotional acceptance” are critical components of mindfulness practice.

Present moment awareness happens when we consciously pay attention to what is going on around us (externally), as well as internally (our thoughts, values, goals). We practice emotional acceptance when we think of emotions as facts or observations about what is happening, rather than subjective feelings.

Researchers have been studying the impact of mindfulness practice in education for years. Their findings include that emotional acceptance enhances executive control and improves self-regulation. Students are able to better control their attention when they use present moment awareness to repeatedly and intentionally focus, sustain, and shift attention. Mindfulness practice also increases students’ capacity to relate to others, to learning, and to themselves in a responsive, rather than a reactive, manner. These skills are critical for students’ achievement academically and also contribute to appropriate and successful functioning within society.

Another key area where research shows mindfulness practice has benefits is stress management. Significant and/or sustained stress can damage developing brains and negatively impact well-being, general function, and factors specific to learning. Through mindfulness practices, students learn how to reduce stress and develop coping strategies to better manage and alleviate it.

CCS teachers engage students in mindfulness practices in various interesting ways. For instance, our 150 and 468/486 Buildings use mindfulness within the Second Step Program, which is designed to support social-emotional learning skills, attitudes, and behavior. Teachers also sometimes use class meeting time for mindfulness activities.

CCS’s 500 Building is teaching students mindfulness by using calming breathing strategies and a combination of yoga moves, relaxation task cards, and visualization strategies. In our Middle School, 7th Grade students learn mindfulness in health class through executive functioning instruction that talks about organization, scheduling, and being aware of classes and grades. The Middle School also extends homeroom classes once a month to allow students to document and answer questions about their grades, and to complete rubrics about their behavior to determine where they can improve.

CCS’s High School has partnered with a nonprofit organization, “Minding Your Mind,” that brought a mindfulness presentation series to the students last fall. In addition, a group of High School teachers are working with a professional trainer through differentiated professional development to design strategies for mindfulness in the classroom.

In summary, there are extensive and comprehensive benefits when mindfulness is used in the classroom. Mindfulness practice can affect how students feel about themselves and their relationships with others. It also cultivates skills in students that will help them flourish at school and throughout their lives. CCS is excited to embrace this concept and integrate it into our curriculum.

For more information, consider visiting The Association for Mindfulness in Education’s website via the link below.

Camp Collegium 2018: Upcoming Online Registration!

Camp Collegium will return this July for another exciting summer filled with fun activities and day trips! Registration details will be posted on the Summer Camps webpage at 9:00am on Monday, February 5, 2018.

Camp spaces fill quickly, so we encourage families to register on Monday, February 5th at 9:00am, or as soon as possible thereafter. Last year, we had over 100 families register on the first day of registration. Don't delay!

Questions? Please email our Director of Child Care Programs, Ms. Horsey.

LEGO Club Donations

We are pleased to announce that the 468/486 Building is starting a LEGO Club for Grades K-4.

To help make the LEGO Club a success, we need your donations of LEGOs, especially assorted LEGOs. If you have spare, gently used LEGOs at home, please send them in to the 468 Building, Attention Mrs. Thomas.

Email Mrs. Thomas with questions about the 468/486 Building LEGO Club. Thank you!

Reminder: Mobile Dentist On Campus

The Mobile Dentist will visit Collegium on Monday, February 5, 2018. Sign-up forms for Grades K, 3, and 7 were sent home with students earlier this month. Participation in this program is voluntary.

Help Wanted: Middle School Girls' Lacrosse Coach

Do you know the fundamentals of Girls’ Lacrosse? Do you enjoy working with student-athletes to help them fulfill their potential and expand their horizons? Collegium's Middle School Girls' Lacrosse Coach position might be a great opportunity for you!

The Middle School Girls’ Lacrosse Coach is responsible for developing the Middle School Girls' Lacrosse Program. This includes planning and implementing student-athlete training under the Athletic Director's direction, and teaching student-athletes skills and strategies that correspond with their skill levels.

The candidates should possess:

  • Experience teaching or coaching lacrosse; previous competitive lacrosse experience is preferred.
  • Experience teaching lacrosse skills and strategies; previous experience is preferred.
  • Proven ability to exemplify the highest standards of leadership, sportsmanship, and respect.
  • Knowledge of appropriate safety measures to ensure the well-being of student-athletes.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, along with the ability to effectively manage relationships with administrators, student-athletes, and parents.
  • Availability to attend all team practices and games.
  • Ability to meet criteria for employment in a PA Public School; PA Child Abuse History Certification, PA State Criminal Record Check, and FBI Fingerprints are required and must be less than one year old.

If you have questions or are interested in applying for this position, please email Mr. Allen, Collegium’s Director of Athletics and Extracurricular Programs.

From the CCS Home and School Association (HSA)

Serving in a capacity similar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), our HSA owes its success to the efforts of our many parent, teacher, and staff volunteers!

Pawsitive Praise

Thank you to all the folks who joined us for our recent HSA Outgrown & Vendor Sale Planning Meeting. We are super excited for this event!

Save the Dates

1. Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7th - May 11th)

2. HSA Outgrown & Vendor Sale (Saturday, May 19th)

If you are interested in planning, volunteering, or being a vendor, let us know via the link below.

Upcoming HSA General Meeting

CCS families and staff: We look forward to seeing you at our next HSA General Meeting is at 4:30pm on Tuesday, January 23rd in the 535 Building Cafeteria. To attend, please enter the 535 Building using the rear entrance furthest from the rear 535 Gym entrance.

HSA Meetings are where families and staff learn about upcoming fundraisers and events, how they can get involved in the HSA, and what ideas that are being considered for future HSA activities.

Elementary School Store Volunteers

The HSA School Stores in Buildings 150, 468, 486, and 500 are open every Wednesday before school and at lunchtime. We need your help to ensure the stores are open for our students! Sign up today! (Clearances are required.)

Ongoing Fundraisers


Simply shop at AmazonSmile and choose Collegium Charter School as your charity. A percentage of your purchase will be donated back to CCS!

Ongoing Fundraisers


Download the free app, shop as you normally do, and then snap a picture of your receipt to earn money for Collegium.

HSA Social Media Chair Wanted

The HSA’s Facebook Page is an important way the HSA communicates with the Collegium Community. We need your help to develop, organize, and post its photos and content. Interested? Please email the HSA Officers directly.

Collegium Main Number


Campus 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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