Collegium Newsletter November 6, 2017

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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

Making CCS History

Collegium is very excited to announce that on October 27th at the PIAA District 1 Cross Country meet at Lehigh University, Nicholas (Cole) Mozzone qualified for the November 4th PIAA State Cross Country Championship in Hershey, PA. Cole is the first Collegium student-athlete to participate in a PIAA State Championship in any sport and the Collegium Community is overjoyed.

L-R: Coach Ramsey, Cole Mozzone, Coach Davenport, and Coach Harkins.

"We are all very proud of Cole's accomplishment and for the work that he has put in throughout the season,” said Cross Country Coach Mr. Ramsey. “...I have always believed that you only get out of something as much as you put into it, and Cole has put in a lot!”

Coach Ramsey was not the only coach to praise Cole. Coach Davenport, also shared, “From day one, Cole has come to practice with one goal in mind and that was to be the best that he can be. Cole did this by not only practicing during the week, but making sure that he put in the mileage over the weekend as well. This dedication proved to work for him as he ran quickly and swiftly through the District Cross Country course.”

Cole started running when he was in 5th grade and has always been a long distance runner. This is his first year at Collegium and has become a major asset to the Cross Country team. “As a first year member of this team, Cole did an excellent job assimilating into what we were trying to do. It was obvious that Cole followed all the directions of the coaches, as he continually improved over the season, and peaked at the perfect point of the season,” said Coach Harkins.

Aside from competitive running, Cole is also a great student. His favorite subject is English Language Arts and he loves to read. And like many other teenagers, he enjoys watching Netflix and plans to start watching Stranger Things in the near future. Cole takes pleasure in drawing and says that he cannot wait until he is old enough to drive.

Cole ready to race at the November 4th PIAA State Cross Country Championship in Hershey, PA.

CCS’s Director of Athletics & Extra Curricular ActivitiesJohn Allen, praised Cole before the big day. “Cole’s qualification in the PIAA Cross Country Championship shows that Collegium Athletics is moving forward to levels that allow us to compete not only on a district-level, but also at the state-level.”

At the November 4th PIAA State Cross Country Championship in Hershey, PA, Cole was supported by his coaches and several teammates. He ran a phenomenal race with a time of 19:34. Way to go, Cole, we are all so proud of you!

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.

Annual Review Presentations

At the November 9th Public Work Session of our Board of Trustees, Collegium Administrators will present their Annual Assessment Review and a separate presentation will be offered addressing our Annual Audit Review. The Public Work Session will begin at 6:00pm with the Annual Audit Review and the Annual Assessment Review presentation will take place at 7:00pm, both in the 435 Building Conference Room.

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.

Parent University

K-6 ELA and Math Curriculum

The scope and sequence for our K-6th grade English Language Arts and Mathematics programs is now posted on our Curriculum page of our website as PDF resources. Each document is organized by trimester and lists which modules are taught. Links to the programs and the Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System are also included in each of the scope and sequence resources.

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 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.

CCST's Spring Musical

Our Collegium Center Stage Theatre (CCST) program is getting ready to cast this year's spring musical, Hairspray!

All 7th-12th grade students interested in auditioning for the show or being a part of the crew are invited to attend a Hairspray Interest Meeting along with their parents and guardians on Tuesday, November 7th. This meeting will take place in the 515 Auditorium and will begin promptly at 7:00pm.

For more information about our production of Hairspray, and to sign up for auditions, please visit our CCST website.

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).

7th Grade Field Trip Reminder

Students in 7th grade will visit the Baltimore Aquarium and experience a guided boat tour in Baltimore, MD. Permission slips were distributed and payment is due on Friday, January 26th. If you need more information about the trip, please email Ms. Pouncy.

Collegium Basketball Clinic

Collegium students in grades 1st-6th are invited to attend our Basketball Clinic, Saturday, November 11th, in our 535 Gym. The cost is $10.00/child, and 1st-3rd grade students will participate from 10:00am until 11:00am, while our 4th-6th grade students will participate from 11:00am until 12:00pm. Payment and permission slips (below) are due by Saturday, November 11th.

For additional information, please email our Girls Head Basketball Coach, Mr. Revnell.

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.

Donations Needed

500 Building STEAM Activities

At the end of November, students in our 500 Building will start their STEAM activities. While we would love to share what we are doing, we want to keep it a secret from the students. In order to make it a success, we are in need of your help gathering supplies to help keep our costs low. We would greatly appreciate donations of the following items:

  • Soda cans
  • Tin cans
  • Small corrugated cardboard boxes
  • School-appropriate magazines
  • Packages of cotton balls
  • Packages of mini marshmallows
  • Rolls of masking tape
  • Packages of assorted sizes of rubber bands
  • Boxes of plastic spoons
  • Boxes of rigatoni pasta
  • Mini hot glue sticks
  • Hot glue guns
  • Standard hot glue sticks
  • Jumbo craft sticks
  • Regular size craft sticks

Donations can be left in the 500 Building should be made to the attention of Mrs. Kahl. All donations will be accepted until November 17th. Thank you for all of your support. We look forward to sharing this fun project with you!

Pet Food Drive in our 486 Building

Do you love helping animals? The 2nd grade students in our 486 Building does, too! All 486 second grade classes will be collecting pet items from November 13th through November 22nd. Donations will be given to Philadoptables which is a Philadelphia-based, non-profit organization that helps save lives and provide assistance for foster and shelter animals. We will be collecting the following items:

  • Canned and dry dog/puppy food
  • Cat/kitten food (unopened)
  • Dog and cat toys
  • Dog and cat treats
  • Gift cards to pet stores
  • Gently used leashes
  • Collars
  • Food bowls

Your children can drop your donation into a box in front of any second grade classroom in the 486 Building. Questions? Please email Mrs. Guarente.

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!

Help Wanted at Collegium

Data Support Specialist

Full-time, 12-month. This position is a liaison between the Data Governance Team and all CCS departments and requires accurate and timely entry of student data into Student Information Systems. See Job Description for additional details and requirements.

To apply, email your resume via PDF email attachment to our Human Resources Department.

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.

Standards-Based Grading Committees

From Our Elementary Principals

At the October Board Meeting, we shared a presentation about standards-based grading.

We recognize the importance of parent, teacher, and student involvement in the early stages of this process. Therefore, we are eliciting parent volunteer stakeholders to represent each of our elementary buildings and their respective needs. Committee meetings will begin in early December and will continue until the end of the school year. Meetings will take place outside of school hours with times determined by the members of each committee.

If you are interested in participating, please email your respective building Principal before Friday, November 10th.

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!

Obtaining 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 days prior to the first date of absence, please submit a Request for Approval of Planned Absence Form for your child. Principal approval is required for absences to be excused.

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.

500 Building Career Day

On Friday, November 17th, Collegium will host a Career Day for our 5th and 6th grade students. We are looking for parents/guardians and community members to give career presentations from 9:00am until 11:00am. Volunteers will make three or four 20-minute presentations, sharing their careers and answering questions.

Questions or interested in participating? Please email Mrs. Hirst no later than Friday, November 10th. Your support and encouragement for our students is greatly appreciated!

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!

Save the Dates

  • Friday November 17th: Chuck E. Cheese's Fundraiser from 12:15pm until 8:00pm. Stay tuned for additional details soon.
  • Saturday December 2nd: CCS Family Bingo Night at 6:00pm. More details to follow. Interested in helping us plan the event? Do you own a business and want to make a donation? Email the HSA Officers directly and use Family Bingo as your subject line.
  • Saturday, May 19th: Our 1st Annual CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale! Interested in helping us plan the event? Email us and use the subject Outgrown & Vendor Sale.

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.

Ongoing HSA Fundraisers


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


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

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.

HSA Help Wanted


Responsible for the budget process; receives all funds of the HSA; keeps an accurate record of receipts and expenditures; pays out funds in accordance with the approved budget as authorized by the HSA organization.

Social Media Chair

Develops content and serves as our HSA Facebook Page Administrator.

School Store Coordinator

Manages overall operations of the school stores. Ordering merchandise, keeping track of inventory, and refilling as needed.

If you have an interest in any of the following please email the HSA Officers directly.

School Store Volunteers Needed

The HSA School Stores in 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.

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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