Collegium Newsletter May 21, 2018

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Mark Your Calendar

Monday, May 21st - Day 5

  • 150 Building: Spring Scholastic Book Fair Begins
  • 515 Building: Principal Coffee Chat with Parents 7:00am - 8:00am @ 515 Conference Room
  • 535 Building: UNICEF/She's The First Movie Night (He Named Me Malala, PG-13, 2015) 3:30pm - 5:30pm @ 535 Library
  • 150 Building: Kindergarten STEM Club 4:00pm - 5:15pm @ Room 951
  • 486 Building: 3rd/4th Grade STEM Club 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Room 575
  • Kindergarten Screening Make-Up Night 4:00pm - 8:00pm @ 500 Gym and Lobby

Tuesday, May 22nd - Day 6

  • 150 Building: 4th Grade Field Trip to National Liberty Museum
  • 468/486 Building: Zoup! Fundraiser Benefiting the ROAR Program 5:00pm - 8:00pm @ Zoup! (Exton)

Wednesday, May 23rd - Day 1

  • New Teacher Book Drive Begins
  • Middle School Spring Concert 7:00pm - 9:00pm @ 515 Auditorium

Thursday, May 24th - Day 2

  • 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington, D.C.
  • 150 Building: Kindergarten STEM Club 4:00pm - 5:15pm @ Room 951
  • 486 Building: 3rd/4th Grade STEM Club 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Room 575
  • 150 Building: Spring Scholastic Book Fair Family Night 5:00pm - 7:00pm @ 150 Building Library
  • High School Spring Concert 7:00pm @ 515 Auditorium

Friday, May 25th - Day 3

  • 150 Building: Spring Scholastic Book Fair Ends
  • 535 Building: National Honor Society Spring Raffle Ends
  • 7th Grade Field Trip: National Baltimore Aquarium
  • 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington, D.C.
  • High School Music Performance Trip to Darien Lake/Niagara Falls Begins
  • K-12 Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive for Chester County Food Bank Ends (Sponsored by the 535 Building)
  • Spring Keystone Exams End

2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced

Graduating High School classes are defined, in part, by the character and excellence of their Valedictorians and Salutatorians. That is absolutely the case for Collegium’s Class of 2018. Dr. O’Brien, Collegium High School Principal, announced this year’s honors on Tuesday, May 15th:

  • Emily Dallessandro, Valedictorian
  • Frances Carlson, Salutatorian
Emily Dallessandro (left) and Frances Carlson (right).

Both Emily and Frances praise Collegium for helping them reach their goals. “The staff helped the most,” said Emily. “The fact that the school was small was helpful because of the relationships and connections we developed.” Frances spoke about the level of collaboration with fellow classmates. “It can be very competitive at other schools. Everyone at Collegium wants to see each other succeed; they push each other.”

College is in the future for both students. Emily will attend Millersville University this fall to study biology, and plans to become a veterinarian. Frances will pursue a music education degree at James Madison University, and would like to become a high school choir director.

Congratulations on these latest achievements, Ladies! We will proudly watch your progress as you move forward!

Changes Coming to CCS Nurse Offices

This summer, parents/guardians will be introduced to Collegium's new medical records database, Magnus Health SMR (Student Medical Record).

Yes, the Nurse Offices are going paperless, and as you can tell from the picture, Mrs. Mellone (left) and Mrs. Wilkins (right) are very excited! Magnus Health SMR will make it much easier for families to submit important information to Collegium about students. When those records are also needed by appropriate Collegium employees, they will be quickly and easily accessible.

Gone are the yellow paper emergency information cards! With Magnus Health SMR, parents/guardians will enter contact, health, and other information online for Collegium. In addition, the new system will make it easier for parents/guardians to submit dental and physical exam forms, update immunization records, view information on their students, and perform other tasks.

Watch for an email later this school year about Magnus Health SMR. Families will also receive a mailing in late June with more information and account access instructions.

2018-2019 Child Care and Bus Transportation Information

Will your child need transportation next school year to and/or from a day care center or babysitter within the Downingtown, West Chester, or Coatesville school districts? If so, new forms must be completed each year, as alternate bus arrangements—like those for day care centers and babysitters—do not carry over for new school years.

The Child Care Forms for the Downingtown, West Chester, and Coatesville Area School Districts are available now (see the links below).

By June 15th, please complete your form and forward it to Mrs. Susan Novak, 435 Building. The forms are also available on the CCS Transportation webpage. If you do not have an alternate transportation request, there is nothing you need to do.

Note that details about your child's 2018-2019 home bus stop will be mailed to you by your local district transportation office about one week before school starts. Collegium receives student bus information at that same time.

Questions? Email our Transportation Liaison, Mrs. Susan Novak.

7th Grade Field Trip Reminder

The 7th Grade Field Trip is this Friday, May 25, 2018. Please refer to the information flyer that was sent home with your child.

All students MUST be picked up from the 515 Building no later than 5:15pm after the Field Trip on May 25th. 7th Graders will not be back in time to ride their buses home.

Questions? Email Ms. Pouncy.

8th Grade Field Trip Meal Change

The meal information for the 8th Grade Field Trip changed after the permission form was sent!

Students will now need to bring a bagged lunch on Thursday, May 24th, similar to the 7th Grade Field Trip lunch arrangements. Students will go to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner on Thursday. The dinner cost is included in the Field Trip. Students will only need money for their lunches on Friday, May 25th.

Questions? Email Mrs. Wallace.

515 Building Coffee Chat Invitation

Take at look at this final 2017-2018 Coffee Chat invitation video featuring Mr. Sterious and Mr. Harkins, our Middle School Principal and Assistant Principal. In addition to inviting families to attend their Monday, May 21st Coffee Chat at 7:00am, the Principals discuss other important Middle School events happening this week. Enjoy!

8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony Scheduled

Attention 8th Grade Parents/Guardians

You are cordially invited to the 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony on Friday, June 8th, at 1:15pm in the 515 Building Auditorium. Please arrive early. Parking is available in the 515 parking lot. Parents/guardians are permitted to take their student(s) home after the ceremony, as long as they have signed them out first.

Due to limited space, this invitation is for parents/guardians, only. To make room for dismissal traffic and buses, all parent/guardian vehicles must clear the 515 Building's parking lot by 2:40pm.

The 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony will include various awards, an end-of-the-year video, and individual student recognition for successful completion of the 8th Grade.

Mrs. Shields is collecting baby pictures for our end-of-the-year video. Parents/guardians: Using the email link below, please send Mrs. Shields one of your favorite baby pictures of your student!

NEHS Annual New Teacher Book Drive

The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) is sponsoring its Annual New Teacher Book Drive in the 150, 500, and 468/486 Buildings. The purpose of this drive is to help build classroom libraries for new teachers and teachers who are changing grade levels.

Collection boxes will be placed near the entrances of each building starting on Wednesday, May 23rd and ending Wednesday, June 6th. Please help classroom libraries blossom, and also broaden students’ reading selections, by donating new and/or gently used books to the Drive. We appreciate your support of helping every CCS student learn to read.

Questions? Please email Mrs. Hirst.

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 Nikki Radway, CCS Math Coach.

Seven Activities to Help Prevent “Summer Math Loss”

Despite these cold, rainy May days, summer is right around the corner! Summer means long days of lounging and free time but, for many students, all that free time can result in loss of significant math knowledge and skills. According to researchers at Harvard and Duke Universities, “Summer Math Loss” can cost students one to three months of learning, on average. Teachers devote weeks of class time in the fall to make up for that erosion.

Interestingly, students do not lose reading knowledge in the same way over summer break. That is because families find it easier to incorporate reading into vacation activities. On the other hand, math concepts and learning are often viewed as things that are taught, and left, in the classroom.

At Collegium, we teach students that math is a part of their everyday lives. Our Math Curriculum includes real-life applications whenever possible to cement math learning for students. Families can support that view and help maintain their students’ understanding of math at home this summer by using the suggestions below:

  1. Play a Game: Popular board and card games such as Monopoly or Uno allow students to use logic and practice planning and categorization skills. Dice games are perfect for practicing arithmetic and fluency of basic facts. Chess is the ultimate logic game: Play on a traditional board, or try different versions available online and on smartphones.
  2. Cook or Bake at Home: Cooking is a great activity to bring the family together to practice math. Younger children can engage in counting skills, number recognition, and measuring amounts, while older children can use ratios to scale a recipe up or down for a family picnic.
  3. Help Your Kids Learn to Code: Kids love to play games on the computer! They can take it to the next level by learning to code their own games. If computer science is not your area of expertise, try an online resource like Hour of Code. This series of tutorials allows learners of all ages to design a maze, build a Star Wars galaxy, create their own Google logos, and much more! Who knows, maybe your child will develop the next epic video game!
  4. Plan a Trip: Your children can help investigate journey distances and travel times while planning a family vacation. Google Maps is a versatile online tool for planning routes and comparing arrival times. For practice using scale measurements, work with a traditional paper road atlas (yes, they still make them!).
  5. Watch or Play Sports: Sports and sporting events create a lot of ways to talk about statistics. Following team performance, researching players, and analyzing player stats can be effective practice for recognizing and comparing rational numbers. If your child plays on a summer league, help them track their own player or team statistics.
  6. Play Live Online Math Games: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics runs a website called Calculation Nation, where registered players can play live online against other students to practice fractions, factors, and many other math topics. Arcademics.com is another fun online game site that helps children use and practice basic math skills.
  7. Start a Business: Talk with your child about running a lemonade stand or other “business operation” that will include measurement and money management tools. Older kids can learn money and time skills through more age-appropriate jobs like babysitting or mowing lawns.

Your children worked hard all school year to learn about math. Summer activities like those above can help them continue to use that knowledge while also having fun—a perfect strategy for enhancing math understanding for kids of all ages!

Please see the links below for more information on Summer Math Loss and ways to prevent it. Feel free to reach out to your children’s teachers for other ideas!

Collegium Employee Spotlight: Jen Zane

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!

Zoup! School Night Fundraiser

On Tuesday, May 22nd, from 5:00pm until 8:00pm, grab some great food at Zoup! (Exton) with your family and friends, and participate in our Zoup! School Night Fundraiser.

Be sure to bring a voucher with you (below) to the Festival Shopping Center Zoup!, and a percentage of your sale will be donated to the 468/486 Building school-wide positive behavior intervention and supports program (ROAR).

Questions? Email Mrs. Ousey, 486 Building Assistant Principal.

Spanish Honor Society's Pulsera Project Sale

From Monday, May 21st until Friday, June 1st, CCS's Spanish Honor Society will be selling pulseras (handwoven bracelets) to benefit The Pulsera Project, a Fair Trade nonprofit organization. The colorful bracelets will cost $5.00 each.

The Pulsera Project's Color The World initiative brings these beautiful pulseras into U.S. schools, where student and teacher volunteers sell them. Pulsera sales support Fair Trade jobs, worker's rights, sustainability, and education in Central America. Involvement in the initiative helps our students learn about the culture, lives, and struggles of Central Americans. The Pulsera Project’s goal is to create a just and colorful world by encouraging conscious consumerism and social enterprise.

Questions? Email our Spanish Honor Society Advisor, Mrs. Rogai. For more information about The Pulsera Project, please view the video below.

K-12 Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive

It's Peanut Butter and Jelly Time!

Collegium's High School is sponsoring a campus-wide PB&J Drive to benefit the Chester County Food Bank. Our PB&J Drive will run until Friday, May 25th. Collection bins are in the Main Offices of each CCS building.

Please drop off any brand or type of peanut butter, almond butter, alternative nut butter, jelly, or jam. To avoid breakage, please only donate items in plastic jars.

Ms. Whisler can answer your questions or provide more information.

Annual K-12 Art Show

Attention All Students, Parents/Guardians, Staff, and Artists:

Please come and support Collegium’s Annual K-12 Art Show on Tuesday, May 29th. The event will be held in the 515 Building Auditorium and Cafeteria from 5:00pm until 8:30pm.

With activities including snacks, a silent auction, a sale of high school student ceramics, and displays of beautiful K-12 student artwork, we know Collegium's K-12 Art Show will be a perfect way to spend a fun-filled night out with your family. The event will showcase how student talent develops within CCS's Art Department.

Questions? Email your children's Art Teachers.

150 Building Field Day News

The 150 Building's Field Day is scheduled for Friday, June 1st! The theme this year is Under the Sea. More details on what your child will need to prepare for the event will be sent home closer to the date.

There is no parent viewing of Field Day; however, parent volunteers are needed to help us run the event. Parent volunteers must sign up through the Health and PE Department (see the link below), and must have current clearances on file with Collegium's HR Department. Thank you!

Upcoming 500 Building Orientation

Attention Parents/Guardians of 2018-2019 5th and 6th Grade Students

Your family is invited to our 500 Building Orientation, scheduled for Wednesday, May 30th from 6:00pm until 7:30pm. During this event, you will have the opportunity to meet our 500 Building Principal, Mr. Murphy; Mrs. Rothermel, 500 Building Assistant Principal; our 5th and 6th Grade team teachers; special area teachers; and the 500 Building School Counselor, Mrs. Hirst.

Mr. Shaun Murphy (left ) and Mrs. Sarah Rothermel (right).

It will be our pleasure to share some of the 500 Building's features and activities that we feel make the building a great place to learn and work. In addition, we will offer resources to assist with your child’s transition to the 500 Building. Finally, there will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

If you are interested in participating in our 500 Building Orientation evening, please email Mrs. Hirst by Friday, May 25th. We look forward to meeting you!

Save the Date: Alex's Lemonade Stand at Collegium

On Friday, June 8th, Alex's Lemonade Stand (ALS) will return to CCS for the 14th year in a row. ALS will run from 9:00am until 3:00pm that day. The video below demonstrates how committed Collegium is to this wonderful community event.

CCS's ALS stands will be located at the 468/486, 150, and 500 Buildings on Friday, June 8th. Soft pretzels and cups of lemonade will be on sale for $1.00 each. The event is open to members of the community; everyone is encouraged to attend! All proceeds go to the ALS Foundation and benefit childhood cancer research.

Unable to attend? Access the link below to make online donations via Collegium's ALS fundraising webpage. We are confident that the Collegium Community will quickly surpass our online goal of $2,000!

Questions? Contact these Collegium ALS representatives:

3rd Annual K-12 Bring Your Own Picnic

Collegium's 3rd Annual K-12 Bring Your Own Picnic (BYOP) is an excellent way to enjoy spending time with your family and the Collegium Community.

Everyone is invited to come to the 500 Building Field on Thursday, June 7th, from 5:30pm until 7:30pm for the BYOP. Bring along your family's picnic blankets, chairs, yard games, food, and drinks (nonalcoholic), and be ready to have a blast!

We will share more details as the event gets closer. Until then, we hope you will add the BYOP to your calendar for Thursday, June 7th from 5:30pm until 7:30pm on our 500 Building field.

West Whiteland Police Department Tip Resources

Collegium is committed to maintaining 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 are monitored by the WWPD Criminal Investigation Unit. We encourage anyone with information concerning suspected criminal activity to contact the WWPD using the email address, or by leaving a voicemail message on the WWPD phone line. Everyone utilizing the phone number or email address can remain anonymous, if they wish.

If your concerns are specific to the Collegium campus, we ask that you also contact our Building Principals:

From the CCS Home and School Association (HSA)

The CCS HSA serves in a capacity similiar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). We owe our success to the enthusiasm and dedication of our many parent, teacher, and staff volunteers!

Pawsitive Praise

We want to thank the consignors and vendors who helped make our 1st Annual CCS Outgrown & Vendor Sale this weekend a success! And to all of the volunteers: THANK YOU for your tremendous work! The event would not have happened without you.

We are also grateful to the committee members who spent countless hours planning and coordinating this year's Outgrown & Vendor Sale. They are: Christine Cosimano, Carolyn Harding, Noemi Minker, and Sally Long. You have laid the groundwork for an even more successful event next year!

Elementary School Store Notices

The last day for 2017-2018 School Store purchases will be Wednesday, May 30th!

Collegium's Elementary students love their School Stores! HSA Volunteers are needed to open the School Stores for students in Buildings 150, 468, 486, and 500 every Wednesday before school and at lunchtime. Please sign up to volunteer today (and think about volunteering next school year)! Clearances are required.

HSA Co-President Needed for 2018-2019

Interested in joining the HSA, collaborating with HSA Officers, and helping to move the organization and its goals forward? The position of HSA Co-President will be available at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, please email the HSA Officers directly.

HSA School Store Coordinator Wanted

The Elementary Building School Stores are a real highlight for Collegium students and a great fundraiser for the school. The HSA is looking for someone willing to be responsible for the overall management of the School Stores. This includes ordering products and refilling store merchandise. For more information, please email the HSA Officers directly.

HSA Social Media Chair Wanted

Facebook is one way the HSA communicates with the Collegium Community. We need your help to develop, organize, and post photos and content to the HSA's Facebook page. Interested? Please email the HSA Officers directly.

Ongoing Fundraisers


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

Ongoing Fundraisers


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

Final 2017-2018 HSA Monthly Meeting

At 4:30 pm on Wednesday, June 6th, the HSA will hold its final 2017-2018 General Meeting in the 535 Cafeteria.

To attend, please use the 535 Building's rear entrance furthest from the Gym entrance (see photo). Building access is not available after 4:45pm. We hope you will attend! Meetings are about one hour long.

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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