Collegium Newsletter April 24, 2017

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Mark Your Calendar

Mon., April 24th - Day 3

  • Grades 3-8: PSSA Testing, Math
  • Golf vs. Woodlynde 3:15pm @ Ingleside Golf Club
  • Girls' Lacrosse vs. DVFS 3:30pm @ Delaware Valley Friends School
  • CCS Music Students Return from Iceland 10:00pm @ 435 Building Conference Room

Tues., April 25th - Day 4

  • 1st Grade (468 Building) Field Trip - "Pete the Cat" Performance at Santander PAC, Reading
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Longwood Gardens (Grant, McNeil, and Stevenson)
  • Grades 3-8: PSSA Testing, Math
  • Baseball vs. Mercy 3:45pm @ Hagy's Mill Road Field
  • MS Baseball vs. Odyssey 3:45pm @ 18th and Van Buren Street Field

Wed., April 26th - Day 5

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Longwood Gardens (Endrey/Saba, Danenhower, Tull, and Capolarello)
  • Grades 3-8: PSSA Testing, Math
  • Grades 7-8: Bake Sale (Proceeds Benefit MS Student Council) @ 515 Cafeteria
  • Golf vs. Kimberton 3:15pm @ Ingleside Golf Club
  • Girls' Lacrosse vs. Barrack 3:45pm @ Jack Barrack Hebrew Academy
  • Tri-M Honor Society Induction 6:30pm - 9:00pm @ 535 Lecture Hall

Thurs., April 27th - Day 6

  • Grades 3-8: PSSA Testing, Math
  • Grades 7-8: Bake Sale (Proceeds Benefit MS Student Council) @ 515 Cafeteria
  • Baseball vs. Barrack 3:15pm @ Boot Road Park
  • Girls' Lacrosse vs. Kimberton 3:45pm @ United Sports

Fri., April 28th - Day 1

  • Grades 3-8: PSSA Testing, Math
  • Grades 9-12: Spring Sports Pep Rally @ 535 Gym
  • Grades K-12: Soles for Souls Ends (Sponsored by NHS)
  • HS Art Field Trip to Michener Museum
  • 515 Building Principals' Coffee Chat 8:30am - 9:30am @ 515 Conference Room
  • HS Reading Olympics @ CCIU 8:30am - 11:30am

Saturday, April 29th

  • 4th Grade Skate Night @ Chester County Sports Arena 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Division 1 Bound

Collegium 12th grade student, Akina Wollie, signed her National Letter of Intent (NLI) to further her lacrosse career at Division I, Delaware State University (DSU). Akina will be joining fellow DSU commit and CCS teammate Portia Wiggins, who also signed in the fall. Not only did Akina receive a partial athletic scholarship, she also received a substantial academic scholarship.

To celebrate her inspiring achievement, Akina was joined by her family, principals, coaches, and CCS Director of Athletics and Extracurricular Activities, Mr. McCain.

Akina, a senior attack, is currently sidelined by an injury, but hopes to return for the TCISL playoffs in mid-May.

During Akina's two years on the varsity team, she has been an obvious athletic force on the field. Few opponents can match her speed. Akina has tallied 61 career goals at Collegium and hopes to squeeze in a few more if she can get back on the field later this season. DSU is getting a great person and the epitome of a student athlete.

Congratulations, Akina, for such an inspiring achievement!

K-12 Bring Your Own Picnic

Our 2nd Annual K-12 Bring Your Own Picnic (BYOP) event will be both unique and memorable. We invite all Collegium families to our 500 Building Field, Wednesday, May 10th from 5:30-7:30pm. Bring your picnic blankets, yard games, food, and drinks (nonalcoholic), and Collegium will supply the fun!

Pictures from our 2016 BYOP event!

We look forward to sharing more details as the event gets closer, but until then - please add the BYOP to your calendar for Wednesday, May 10th from 5:30-7:30pm on our 500 Building field.

Approval for Planned Absences

Will your child be absent from school because you are planning a trip, visiting relatives, scheduling college visits, or for religious instruction/observation? Ten (10) days prior to the first date of absence, please submit a Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form (below) for your child. Principal approval is required for these days of absence to be excused.

2017 PSSA Reminder

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) for grades 3-8 will follow the schedule outlined below. It is important that students are well-rested, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on time for their assessments.

Math (April 24th-26th)

  • Grades 3-6 (8:40am-10:40am)

Math (April 25th and 26th)

  • Grades 7/8 (7:48am-10:47am)

Science (May 1st and 2nd)

  • Grade 4 (8:40am-10:40am)

Science (May 2nd)

  • Grade 8 (7:48am-10:47am)

Please take a moment to also review the parent/guardian information, linked below, outlining frequently asked questions and the policy related to electronic devices.

Annual K-12 Art Show Rescheduled

Due to circumstances related to our 515 Auditorium (See April 17th Newsletter) and the challenges of relocating such a vitally important event for our K-12 community, the Annual K-12 Art Show has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 20th. More information will be shared with all families once details are finalized. Thank you for understanding! Please email Mrs. Teodecki if you have any questions.

Main Line College Fair

The Annual Main Line College Fair will be held at Villanova University (Pavilion Arena, 800 East Lancaster Acenue, Villanova, PA 19085) on Monday, May 15th from 6:30pm until 9:00pm. RSVPs are not required.

Students will have the opportunity to meet and speak with nearly 300 college representatives from around the country. This event is open to all high school students. A list of colleges attending the event can be found via the link below.

Questions? Please email our School Counselors.

Optional Day of Silence

Collegium students in grades 7-12 have the option of observing the GLSEN's Day of Silence on Monday, April 24th. GLSEN is a national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students. GLSEN's Day of Silence is a student-led national event organized in thousands of schools, bringing awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying, and harassment in schools.

Participating students from middle school through college can choose to take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBTQ behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBTQ students and those perceived to be LGBTQ.

Participation is voluntary and there are clear parameters to ensure students still participate in academics. Learn more about GLSEN's Day of Silence by accessing the link below. If you have questions, please email Mrs. Wallace.

Spring Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Our annual K-6 Spring Book Fair is upon us and we are in need of volunteers! The Spring Book Fair is held in the 486 and 500 Buildings' Libraries during school hours from May 15th through May 26th.

Volunteers are needed to assist students with wish lists, purchasing, and during our Family Nights on May 18th and 23rd. If you are available and would like to help out, please access the link below. All volunteers must have clearances on file.

If you have questions or need additional information, please email Ms. Hollinshead.

Collegium Employee Spotlight

This Newsletter section highlights one Collegium employee each week and allows families and students to get to know them even more. Now, when you see featured employees on campus, you'll have a better chance of being able to greet them by name and strike up conversations!

Specialty Summer Camps at CCS

Collegium recently developed new Specialty Summer Camp opportunities. During the week of June 19th, we are proud to offer a Basketball Camp and a Drama Camp. Camps will be run by Collegium employees and coaches.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Both Specialty Summer Camps are expected to fill up quickly, so please don't wait to register. For more information and to start the registration process, please access the Specialty Summer Camps Registration Form, below.

Questions? Please email our Director of Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities, Mr. McCain.

Camp Collegium 2017

Registration for Camp Collegium 2017 is at capacity. We are now accepting registration forms for waiting list placement only. Families are encouraged to submit their completed registration information quickly, as program waiting list placement is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Visit the Summer Camps page of our website for detailed information. If you're ready to submit registration information now, please access the link below. Questions? Please email our Director of Child Care Programs, Ms. Horsey.

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

1. Thank you to all the families who came out for the CCS Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A. It was great to see so many of you and we thank you for your support!

2. Thank you to CCS families, teachers, staff, and administrators for submitting recipes for our Cougar Family Cookbook. Now we can’t wait to get our hands on the finished product!

Save the Dates

The HSA has a lot of fun events planned for the second half of the school year. Mark these dates on your calendar and keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest HSA information and events.

  • May 1st-5th – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 6th – LAST DAY to order Cougar Family Cookbook
  • May 13th – Ladies' Night Out Bingo
  • May 17th – Final 2016-2017 HSA General Meeting at 6:30pm

Cougar Family Cookbook

Recipes "poured in" for our first Cougar Family Cookbook, featuring a wide variety of recipes directly from our students, staff, and families. Even the CCS mascot, Carl the Cougar (shown here with whisk, hairnet, and apron) is getting in on the action!

Want to order copies of the Cougar Family Cookbook? Just access the form below. The deadline for ordering is May 6th.

Questions? Please email the HSA Officers directly.

Ladies' Night Out BINGO

Gather your friends, family, neighbors and join us for an evening of BINGO, Saturday, May 13th from 6:00pm until 9:00pm (doors open at 5:00pm) in the 500 Building! Our event will consist of 10 regular BINGO games and four special games featuring high-value prizes. We'll also have raffles, door prizes, and snacks.

Only 300 tickets will be sold - reserve your space now and save money! Through May 5th you can purchase the following ticket options:

  • Table for Eight ($350) - Includes 10 regular games and four special games for each participant at the table.
  • Special Admission ($45) - Includes 10 regular games plus four special games.
  • Regular Admission ($35) - Includes 10 regular games.

Purchase your tickets using the link below.

During the event, and in addition to our BINGO games, we will also offer raffle baskets and prizes. We are asking each CCS building (families and employees) to create a themed basket to be raffled during Ladies’ Night Out Bingo. Please access the link below for specific theme and donation ideas (for adults). Collection Boxes for donations will be located near the CCS Main Offices until Friday, May 5th.

Do you own a business? Would you like to get you name out to the CCS Community? Please consider making a donation to our Ladies' Night Out BINGO event and we will include your business in our program! For more information, please email the HSA Officers.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

It's that time of year again! Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is May 1st – May 5th. This week is dedicated to showing our amazing teachers and staff how thankful we are for the way CCS employees help our children bloom.

We are looking for donations and volunteers to help with this year’s luncheon. Please access the link below to sign up.

The HSA knows that it will be wonderful to show our CCS employees how much we value them all week long, and we even created a helpful B.L.O.O.M. schedule for the daily theme (below).

We are asking for your daily participation to make this a fun and meaningful week for students and CCS employees. Your participation will be appreciated, but is certainly not mandatory - just consider how much or how little you're able to celebrate.

We even created a helpful survey for Collegium employees to complete so you can learn some of their likes and preferences. To view a spreadsheet showing the survey results, please access the link below. Don't see your child's teacher or is a special CCS employee missing from the results? Just email the individual(s) directly and request their preferences.

Spring Box Tops Flash Contest

April Box Tops bring May freeze pops! Collect your Box Tops (use collection sheet below or clip and place in a baggie) and send to your children's homeroom teachers between April 18th and May 1st.

Please make sure you are submitting only current Box Tops as expired Box Tops are not accepted.

The K-6 classrooms that collect the most Box Tops will receive freeze pops during a recess in May! See the attached letter and collection sheet for additional information.

Five Below Fundraiser

Shopping for spring holidays? Stop by Five Below until April 30th, show the flyer below (printed or on your mobile device) and 10% of your purchase will be donated back to the HSA!

HSA Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to help the HSA? Looking for an opportunity to help the HSA? There are many opportunities still available. All volunteers must have clearances on file with Collegium (unless otherwise noted).

Donations Needed

CCS Student News needs your help in gathering Snapple caps for our morning broadcasts. A token feature of our broadcasts is the Snap-Cap Fact of the day. Donate your Snapple caps to CCS Student News by dropping off cleaned Snapple caps in a disposable bag in the Main Office of the 535 Building. Donations are always welcome. Thank you for your continued support of CCS Student News!

Collegium Main Number


Campus Main Office Extensions

  • 468/486 Building: ext. 6401
  • 150 Building: ext. 6811
  • 500 Building: ext. 6106
  • 515 Building: ext. 6336
  • 535 Building: ext. 6602

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