#ThisIsCheltenham

Sunday, Sept. 15

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, CE's Paige Budin named "Honored Hero" for Philly Light the NIght, five seniors earn National Merit Scholarship semifinal status, CSD Department of Innovation delivers internet safety and digital citizenship presentation at CBK, and strong alumni showing at 33rd annual Mike Berry Memorial run. Need to Know Info includes calendar reminders, Calendar Committee dates, upcoming InfoSnap update, Policy Committee updates, CSD Foundation's sixth annual Food Truck Jamboree, the upcoming week's athletics schedule, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.


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CE’s Paige Budin Named Honored Hero for Philadelphia Light the Night

Five years after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, undergoing treatment and being declared cancer free, Cheltenham ES K-2 Learning Support teacher Paige Budin has been selected as this year’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter “Honored Hero” for Philadelphia LLS Light the Night campaign.


Since learning she was cancer free following months of chemotherapy and radiation, she has been raising money for the LLS through her team, Paige's Purple Pledge. The team’s goal through the end of the year is to raise $5,000, which will go directly to LLS in support of its longstanding mission to find cures and ensure patients have access to the treatments they need.


Make donations at Paige's Purple Pledge page. If you would prefer a hard copy of the donation form and letter, contact her at pbudin@cheltenham.org and she will forward a form. Read more>


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Five CHS Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Five Cheltenham High School seniors have been named semifinalists for the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship program. Announced on Wednesday along with approximately 16,000 other high school seniors, the CHS semifinalists are (left to right) Christopher Luk, Jonathan Warsaw, Victoria Suarez, Nathan Kirschner and Nancy Sohlberg. The quintet has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. Read more>


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CSD Department of Innovation Delivers Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship Presentation at CBK

During Cedarbrook’s What I Need (WIN) period on Thursday, Sept. 12, Brandon Lutz, supervisor of instructional technology, delivered an internet safety and digital citizenship presentation to 653 students in more than 40 classrooms at the same time. Utilizing the student engagement platform Nearpod, Lutz “broadcast” the presentation to students’ Chromebooks, allowing students to follow the presentation and participate by asking questions and taking polls. With YouTube Webcam, Lutz was able to stream his presentation to the white boards in the classrooms. Lutz has now delivered his internet safety and digital citizenship to more than 1,800 students at CHS and CBK.


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Strong Alumni Snowing at 33rd Mike Berry Memorial Run

With 13 alumni participants ranging in graduation years from 1970 through 2018 and members of the CHS Cross Country team, the 33rd Mike Berry Memorial Run took place on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Curtis Arboretum. Thank you to the following for supporting the event: Martin Kiebert ’70, Adam Rosenberg ’74, Vince Durning ’76, Mark Voit ’79, Mark Gyandoh ’92, John D’Anjou ’96, Dan Sluzas ’97, Jordy Czjaka ’97, Adam Alper ’00, Meeks Brucker ’05, Michael Collins ’09, Asad Grant ’16 and Jack Haines ’18. Mike Berry’s daughter Naja Funches was also present. Read more>

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Read a profile of football coach Ryan Nase (Pictured with senior QB Adonis Hunter) in this past week's Northeast Times. Read more>


The Suburban One League has welcomed two new schools and realigned its divisions. Read more>


Cheltenham was referenced in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about integration of suburban school districts. Read more>

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Calendar Reminders

Monthly early dismissals are generally the second Wednesday of the month. In October, however, the District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Oct. 16. 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.


District schools and offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 30 for Rosh Hashanah.

District schools will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 1 for Rosh Hashanah.

Please note the October Legislative Board meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 7.

District schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 9 for Yom Kippur.


For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


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Calendar Committee Meetings

Families are invited to hear insights into the "Start of School" policy under consideration. The policy calls for formalizing the start of school with regard to when Labor Day falls. Seeking to bring context and clarity to the conversation, Administration encourages family input which will be shared with the board of school directors. Meetings are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Sept 24, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 4, 10 - 11 a.m.


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Upcoming PowerSchool Registration (Formerly InfoSnap) Update

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, families will receive an email with a unique, secure link connecting them to the PowerSchool information portal (formerly InfoSnap), where you will be able to update your child(ren)'s contact, medical and emergency information. If you have not used this system previously, you will need to create an account. If you have utilized this system, sign in to make your changes or ensure the information is up-to-date. This process is independent of any information you pass along to your child(ren)’s teacher(s) or building-level administrators. If you did not receive the email from Wednesday, Sept. 18, email CSD Registrar Remar Tate.


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Stay Informed: Policy Committee Meeting

The Policy Committee convened on Wednesday, Aug. 28. In the meeting, a number of policy revisions were approved for adoption at the Tuesday, Sept. 10 Legislative Board Meeting: Policy 323/423/523 (Smoking) (1997), Policy 619 (District Audit) (1994), Policy 708 (Lending School Owned Equipment and Books) (1998), Policy 710 (Use of Equipment by Staff) (1996), Policy 803 (School Calendar) (1995), Policy 804 (School Day) (1994), Policy 812 (Property Insurance) (1997), and Policy 813 (Other Insurance) (1997). A new policy, 922 (Civility), and its administrative regulation was also approved for adoption at the September board meeting. Policies 708, 710 and 323/423/523 have been renamed. The Policy Committee will meet next on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at 8 a.m. at the Administration Building. Read more>


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CSDF Sixth Annual Food Truck Jamboree

Bring the family for a great day of community building with delicious food for every taste, local musical talent, fun kids’ activities and a fabulous silent auction with items including platinum seats for Chance the Rapper at the Wells Fargo Center in October. All proceeds benefit the Cheltenham School District Foundation. For more information, visit the Foundation's website or Facebook page. Email foundation@cheltenham.org with questions or click through to volunteer!

September 21 from 2 – 6 p.m.

Cheltenham High School (500 Rices Mill Rd., Wyncote)


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This Week's Athletic Schedule

Monday, Sept. 16

Field Hockey @ Hatboro Horsham, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball v. Hatboro Horsham, 3:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 17

Boys Soccer v. Hatboro Horsham, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer @ Hatboro Horsham, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis v. Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball @ Wissahickon, 3:30 pm.


Wednesday, Sept. 18

Field Hockey v. Springfield, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis v. Pennridge, 3:30 p.m.


Thursday, Sept. 19

Boys Soccer @ Springfield, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer v. Springfield, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball v. North Penn, 7:00 p.m.


Friday, Sep. 20

Girls Tennis SOL Girls Singles Tournament, 1:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer @ Penn Wood, 3:15 p.m.

Girls Volleyball @ William Tennent, 3:30 p.m.

Field Hockey @ Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer v. Penn Wood, 3:30 p.m.

Football v. Quakertown, 7 p.m.


For more on Panther Athletics, visit www.cheltenhampanthers.org.

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Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

Calendar Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 24th, 10-11am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Families are invited to hear insights into the "Start of School" policy under consideration. The policy calls for formalizing the start of school with regard to when Labor Day falls. Seeking to bring context and clarity to the conversation, Administration encourages family input which will be shared with the board of school directors.

Calendar Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 6-7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Families are invited to hear insights into the "Start of School" policy under consideration. The policy calls for formalizing the start of school with regard to when Labor Day falls. Seeking to bring context and clarity to the conversation, Administration encourages family input which will be shared with the board of school directors.

CHS PTO Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 7pm

500 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Come out to get an understanding of interim principal Dr. Renato Lajara's goals for the 2019-20 school year and how parents can support him. Click for more details about the meeting and newsletters. Meeting is in the media center.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 26th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

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District Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)

Community Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)