Friday, April 12

In this week's edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share, don't miss performances of the CHS Musical Theater production “Urinetown: The Musical” on April 12 - 13, Myers Family Heritage Night, Cedarbrook students compete in county, regional science competitions, CHS and Wyncote jazz bands perform at Warm Daddy’s, indoor color guard wins regional competition, CBK runners qualify for Penn Relays and Harlem Wizards recap slideshow.

"Need to Know Info" contains news links, calendar reminders (including the final student day!), committee reports, kindergarten registration, athletics schedules, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

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CHS Musical Theater Stages Tony Award Winner “Urinetown: The Musical” April 12 - 13

If you missed the opening night performance of "Urinetown: The Musical," U-R-IN(e) luck because Cheltenham Music Theatre is staging the multiple Tony Award-winning satiric comedy musical tonight (Friday, April 12) and Saturday, April 13 at Stretton Hall at Cheltenham High School.

Don’t miss junior Manny Rimmer as Bobby Strong, senior Ivy Austin as Hope Cladwell, senior Natalie Pomerantz as Cladwell B. Cladwell, junior Sarah England as Penelope Pennywise and senior Jazire Parker as Little Sally in this send up of corporate greed and populist revolution.

Tickets are available at https://cheltenham.seatyourself.biz/ and are $12 for adults and $8 for students. This production is recommended for ages 10 and up. Ordering in advance enables ticket buyers to choose their seats. Order tickets> | Read more>


Myers Elementary Hosts Annual Family Heritage Night

On April 4, the Myers community celebrated its rich diversity at its annual Family Heritage Night, one of the school's most anticipated and long-standing traditions. Families from more than 15 ethnic/cultural backgrounds, including parts of the United States (including Puerto Rico), Guatemala, Serbia, Russia, China, Egypt, Ireland, Vietnam, Monland of Myanmar, Netherlands and Mexico shared delicious food and displayed items related to their heritage. Read more>



Cedarbrook Students Compete in County, Regional Science Competitions

Cedarbrook Middle School students have been working tirelessly since September with Cedarbrook Challenge teacher Beth Kenna to prepare for this year’s “science fair competition season.” The students competed in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science and Montgomery County Science Research competitions and 74th Delaware Valley Science Fair. Completing a science fair project and performing at this level “is quite a challenge,” said Kenna. Congratulations to the following students for their persistence and hard work:

  • Maduara Boominathan, Kai Bosniak, Courtney Claxton, Victoria Crocker, Max Fulmor, Saqara Green, Matthew Greenidge, Lydia Hessel-Robinson, Ella Homa, Michael Jiang, Faith Lam, Alana Lewis, Fiona McMahon, Maymouna Ndoye, Priscilla Nguyen, Clare Rajapakse, Mark Rutkowski, Elad Shoham, River Somerville and Rheva Wolf.
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High School, Wyncote Jazz Bands Perform at Warm Daddy’s

On Wednesday, April 10, the Wyncote Jazz Band (pictured) and CHS Jazz Big Band played at Warm Daddy’s by Penns Landing as part of Jazz Journeys Educational Institute’s “Night Club at Noon” program in honor of Jazz History Month. Mathematics Civics and Science Charter School from Philadelphia also performed. Read more (and watch videos of high schoolers Colin Polisano and Sarah England performing with the band)>


Indoor Color Guard Wins Regional Competition

Led by captains sophomore Inna Dawson and junior Briandra Wilson, the CHS Indoor Color Guard recently won the Cavalcade Scholastic Regional A Indoor championship at Spring Ford High School with 87.130 points. The squad outpaced Spring Ford Blue (83.210), Chichester (82.620) and Daniel Boone (82.570) to win the competition. The indoor guard performs locally and at regional competitions throughout the winter season. The group’s next and final competition will be at Garnet Valley High School on April 27.


CBK Runners Qualify for Penn Relays

CSD Cedarbrook Middle School (left to right) eighth grader Mariah Winfield, seventh grader Kira Murray and eighth graders Jael Sykes and Eyota Bey ran the top qualifying time of 51.76 in the 4x100m relay at a recent Penn Relays qualifier meet. The relay order was Winfield, Bey, Sykes and Murray on the anchor leg. The girls’ qualifying time gained them entry into the 125th running of the Penn Relays on April 26.


World Famous Harlem Wizards Put on Quite a Show against Ham's Hoopstars at CHS on Saturday, April 6

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News Links

The Times Chronicle and Glensidelocal.com ran stories about "Urinetown: The Musical."

The Philadelphia Tribune ran a feature story on Elkins Park teacher Andrew Vassall (pictured) and his elementary reader "The Black Crayon." Read story>


Calendar Reminders

Schools will be closed Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19 for Spring Break. District offices will be closed on Friday, April 19.

Monthly early dismissals have been moved from the third Wednesday of the month to the second Wednesday of the month. The District has early dismissal on Wednesday, May 8. Schools will dismiss at the following times:

  • Cheltenham High School | 1:30 p.m.
  • Cedarbrook Middle School | 2:10 p.m.
  • Elkins Park School | 2:40 p.m.
  • K – 4 Schools | 2:45 p.m.

It's OFFICIAL ... End of the 2018-19 school year is set.

  • Graduation is Thursday, June 6.
  • Final student day is Thursday, June 13.
  • Teachers have professional development on Friday, June 14, and an in-service day on Monday, June 17.


Stay Informed: Financial Affairs Committee Meeting

At Tuesday, April 2 Financial Affairs meeting, the 2018-2019 budget and status on the 2019-2020 budget planning timeline and priorities were discussed. View the presentation>


Stay Informed: Facilities Committee Meeting

At the Tuesday, April 2 Facilities Committee meeting, the CHS library/media center project update and bid process, building maintenance updates, spring/summer maintenance and operational projects, and facilities policy revisions were all discussed. View the presentation>


Kindergarten Registration and Screening for the Class of 2032

Kindergarten registration and readiness screening for the 2019-20 school year will take place Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park). Children must be a Cheltenham Township resident to register, and be 5-years-old on or before September 1, 2019, to attend kindergarten this coming school year. For questions or assistance scheduling an appointment, contact CSD Registrar Kate Shevlin at 215-881-6322.


Athletics Schedule

Friday, April 12

Girls/Boys Track & Field @ Upper Moreland Inv., 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 13

Girls Track & Field @ Bullis Bulldog Invitational, Potomac, Md.

Monday, April 15

Boys Volleyball @ Bensalem, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse @ Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Softball @ Springfield, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Baseball v. Springfield, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16

Girls/Boys Track & Field @ Wissahickon, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17

Boys Baseball @ Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Softball v. Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball v. William Tennent, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Track & Field @ Jack Armstrong Inv., Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 20

Boys Track & Field @ Wissahickon Relays, 10 a.m.

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Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, April 23rd, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 24th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 25th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, April 29th, 10am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Please RSVP to Maureen Jennis at mjennis@cheltenham.org.

UPG Leadership Circle

Monday, April 29th, 7pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Leadership Circle is a meeting of the PTO presidents and UPG reps from all of the schools
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