Mark Your Calendar
Monday, Nov. 6th - Day 6
- 150 Building: Scholastic Book Fair Begins @ 150 Library
- Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
- 468/486 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 486 Art Room, 532
- 468 Building: Kindergarten STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 418
Tuesday, Nov. 7th - Day 1
- 150 Building Kdg: Field Trip to Elmwood Park Zoo
- 468/486 Building: Principal Coffee Chat for Parents 10:00am - 11:00am @ 486 Conference Room
- Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
- HSA Public Meeting 4:30pm - 5:30pm @ 535 Media Center
- CCST Hairspray Interest Meeting 7:00pm - 8:00pm @ 515 Auditorium
Wednesday, Nov. 8th - Day 2
- Grades K-6: ROAR T-shirt Day w/ Uniform Bottoms
- 515 Building: Middle School Coding & Robotics Program 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ 515 Building, Room 337
- Fencing Club 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 515 Gym
- 150 Building: Grades 2-4 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 908
- 150 Building: Grades K-1 Art Club 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ 150 Art Room, 827
- 468/486 Building: Grades K & 1 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 468 Art Room, 425
- 500 Building: Grades 5 & 6 Art Club 4:00pm - 5:00pm @ 500 Building Room 228
- Middle School Tri-M Induction Ceremony 6:00pm @ 515 Cafeteria
Thursday, Nov. 9th - Day 3
- 535 Building: Yearbook After-School Workshop 3:15pm - 6:00pm @ 535 Building, Room 755 - Mac Lab
- 150 Elementary Student Council Meeting 3:45pm - 4:45pm @ Room 902
- 150 Building: 3rd and 4th Grade STEM Club 4:15pm - 5:30pm @ Room 951
- 150 Building: Scholastic Book Fair Family Night 5:00pm - 7:00pm @ 150 Library
- Board of Trustees Public Work Session 6:00pm @ 435 Conference Room
Friday, Nov. 10th - Day 4
- 150 Building: First Grade Field Trip to Linvilla Orchard
- 150 Building: Scholastic Book Fair Ends
- Grades 7-12: Cougar Pride Day - Wear Your Cougar Gear with Uniform Bottoms or Jeans
- NHS Red Cross Blood Drive @ 535 Gym
Campus Traffic Reminder
When families are using our Arrival/Dismissal Parent Pick Up lines, all families must properly display the appropriate Vehicle Placard(s).
Our Parent Pick Up line for grades 7-12 begins at 2:30pm. Families with children in grades 7-12 are not permitted to form the Parent Pick Up line earlier than 2:30pm.
Families with children in grades K-6 are permitted to form their Parent Pick Up line at 3:15pm. The K-6 Parent Pick Up line is not permitted to form earlier than 3:15pm.
We ask that all families recognize the need for our lines to form at different times specifically relates to campus security and the potential needs of emergency personnel and equipment to quickly reach our buildings, students, and employees. Additionally, all Middle and High School parent traffic must be able to properly depart campus before our Elementary parent traffic forms.
If you arrive to campus before the designated Parent Pick Up time, please do not park in the lots of our corporate center neighbors. Instead, please consider visiting the adjoining Festival Shopping Center.
If you have questions, please email our Operations Department using the link below.
Virtual Reality Field Trip
Students in Mrs. Schmidt’s English Language Learners' (ELL) classes were able to connect their social study themes by taking a virtual reality field trip using Google Expeditions.
Students in 4th grade are learning traditions and culture, and got up close to view Native American housing, celebrations, arts and crafts, and horses.
Our 2nd grade students are learning about communities and jobs. They viewed non-traditional career paths such as wildlife specialists, entomologists, orangutan sanctuary workers, and ecoguards.
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 Dr. O'Brien, 535 Building Principal.
Executive Function Skills Curriculum
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University (“CDC at Harvard”) states, “Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. Just as an air traffic control system at a busy airport safely manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways, the brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses."
Always committed to the healthy development of our students, CCS has implemented a plan for teaching our students executive function skills throughout our curriculum. Specifically, the teaching of these skills has been integrated into our Middle School Health Curriculum, and is the focus of our 9th grade English Curriculum for three periods every cycle.
Collegium High School Teachers, Mr. Bill Lockhart and Ms. Peg O’Neill, dedicated themselves to understanding the most effective ways to teach executive function skills. "In teaching executive function skills," says Mr. Lockhart, "we are preparing our students to be the best students they can be, and the best people. Fostering skills such as attentive listening and time management will prepare students for their lives outside of school. Nothing could be more fundamentally important." Ms. O'Neill adds, "One of the most exciting things about teaching executive function skills and mindfulness is the possibility for positive impact in every area of students' lives."
There are many resources available for further investigation, including the CDC at Harvard’s website on Executive Function and Self-Regulation, which provides access to research and informational videos to help expand our understanding of executive function development.
For parents of adolescent children, a number of activities can be implemented to support the development of executive function skills. According to the CDC at Harvard, "During adolescence, executive function skills are not yet at adult levels, but the demands placed on these skills often are. Teenagers need to communicate effectively in multiple contexts, manage their own school and extracurricular assignments, and successfully complete more abstract and complicated projects.” Access the link below for suggestions on how to help teens practice better self-regulation throughout the daily challenges they face.
News from our High School
High School Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent/Teacher conferences for High School students will be held from 12:30pm until 6:00pm on Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st. Families have the opportunity to meet with their children's teachers to discuss progress and gain valuable information on their children's education. We highly encourage all families to make time for this important event.
Families interested in scheduling a conference can use the link below to find a list of High School teachers. By clicking on a teacher's name, you will be directed to a SignUpGenius website where you can schedule a time/date to meet with that specific teacher. If you wish to meet with multiple teachers, be sure to schedule a conference with each teacher.
We look forward to welcoming you to our building!
FAFSA Completion Night
Collegium will host a FAFSA Completion Night on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00pm in the 535 Tech Lab.
Financial Aid experts will be on site to answer your questions and help you complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is necessary for students to be eligible for financial aid. Seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by sending an email message to our HS Counseling Departmnet.
Prior to attending the event, please access the link below and create a FSA ID for both the parent and the student. Please also bring tax information from the previous year (necessary to complete the FAFSA application).
Barnes & Noble Book Fair
Support literacy and shop our Barnes & Noble Book Fair!
Mention that you’re shopping for Collegium at the start of your transaction anytime from Wednesday, November 15th through Sunday, November 19th at the Main Street Exton location. Better yet, join us for our kick-off event featuring the CCS Chamber Choir performing live in store at 4:00pm on Wednesday, November 15th.
If you prefer, you can shop online until November 24th. Use the link below and make sure to enter the Collegium Charter School Book Fair Event ID Number: 11235503 in the designated field found at the bottom of the payment page during checkout.
A percentage of your B&N purchases* will benefit our school libraries! Questions? Feel free to email Mrs. Ferry.
*The following products and services are not eligible for inclusion in online totals: Barnes & Noble Memberships, Gift Cards, Gift Certificates, used & out of print books, textbooks, ebooks, digital hardware and accessories and other select product. NOOK and NOOK accessories are eligible items but not included in the online totals.
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!
Upcoming CCS Blood Drive
On Friday, November 10th, our National Honor Society will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 7:00am until 5:00pm on our campus. Donations are greatly needed in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose.
Donors must be at least 16 years-old and meet specific height and weight requirements. Even if you don't meet the requirements, please spread the word about our Blood Drive. Our event is not just for students! We ask all members of the Collegium Community to encourage friends and family to support our Blood Drive.
To schedule and make a difference, access the link below and search by using our sponsor code, CollegiumCS.
If you have questions or if you need additional information, please email our NHS Advisor, Mrs. Fronheiser.
High School Counseling Resource
Mrs. Wolfe (right), Ms. Tracey (center), and Ms. Whisler (left) are pleased to announce the launch of their High School Counseling website. Families are encouraged to bookmark the website, accessible via the link below.
The new site includes announcements of upcoming events, a college planning timeline for juniors and seniors, ACT/SAT/PSAT testing information and resources, information on community service requirements, scheduling, graduation requirements, scholarship and financial aid, and much more! Students and families are encouraged to visit the Naviance page together to explore this college planning tool.
We will continue to add information to this site throughout the year, so please check back often!
Picture Retake Day
Our Picture Retake Day is scheduled for Monday, November 13th. Students who were absent on their original picture day will have their photos taken on Picture Retake Day and students who are unhappy with their original photos may have their photos retaken.
For retakes, return the picture packet to the photographer on Picture Retake Day. No payment is required for retakes.
For a student who was absent, please provide an order envelope (below) and payment if photos are being ordered.
HSA Presents Family Bingo
Join us on Saturday, December 2nd in the 515 Building Cafeteria for Family Bingo! Doors will open at 5:00pm and games will be played from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.
Students in grades K-6 and their accompanying adult are invited to attend and enjoy our raffles, door prizes, snacks and drinks, and a special appearance by Carl the Cougar!
The cost is $12.00 per person if purchased by November 22nd and will increase after November 22nd. Limited tickets are available - purchase yours today!
Bingo Volunteers and Donations Needed
Are you looking for a fun way to earn your volunteer hours? We need volunteers on December 2nd at Family Bingo! If you aren’t available to volunteer, consider sending a donation.
HSA General Meetings
Do you have questions about upcoming fundraisers or events? Want to be involved but not sure how? Or do you have a great idea for a fundraiser or event that you want to present to the HSA? Join us for our monthly HSA meetings! HSA meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, November 7th at 4:30pm in the 535 Media Center.