#ThisIsCheltenham

Sunday, Sept. 22

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, seniors surprised with great news, Rebecca Moser cheers on the Owls, PBL11 meets Curtis Arboretum and CSD celebrates Character Day. Need to Know Info includes calendar reminders, Calendar Committee dates, the upcoming week's athletics schedule, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.


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Seniors Win Trips, Fabulous Prizes in Texas Instruments #SpreadMathLove Contest

CHS Computer Science teacher Sarah Putterman and the CHS Marching Band pulled a fast one on senior drumline members Jeffery Gaskin and Nate Norward (above, left to right) before practice at the football field on Thursday evening. Sending the boys back to the high school to retrieve an item she’d “forgotten,” Putterman arranged for mylar balloons spelling “M-A-T-H” and the marching band to shout “surprise” when the boys returned to inform them they’d been selected from more than 1,000 entries as winners in the Texas Instruments Education Division’s nationwide Spread the Math Love contest honoring “Math Heroes.” As part of their prize, the boys each received a TI-Innovator Rover, TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator and trip to Dallas, Texas, with a family member to attend and present at the Teachers Teaching with Technology International Conference in March. Their presentation will focus on how teachers can utilize the rover in their classrooms. Read more>

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Let’s Hear It for Rebecca Moser

A four-year member of the Cheltenham Unified Cheer squad, Rebecca Moser took the field to root on the Temple Owls football squad as it faced off against the Maryland Terrapins at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, Sept. 14. Moser is the first autistic cheerleader to perform for Audible for Autism, a nonprofit raising awareness and providing community support to children and families on the autism spectrum. With her parents, friends and CHS cheer coach Arielle Brown Moser watching and encouraging her, Moser cheered with the Temple University cheerleaders during halftime and the third quarter.

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PBL11 meets Curtis Arboretum

During the first weeks of school, the junior Project Based Learning cohort (PBL11) visited historic Curtis Arboretum on numerous occasions to make a personal connection with the picturesque 47-acre public space. After learning a collection of environmental concepts in science, the students were tasked with taking photographs to represent the concepts. Each student created a portfolio of pictures and selected their best five to show at their exhibition at Curtis Arboretum on Thursday, Sept. 12. This project represents the first step in a new collaboration between PBL11 and Cheltenham Township, Friends of Curtis Arboretum (FoCA) and Tookany-Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF). In their next project cycle, students will work with these partners to restore and enhance the arboretum, a uniquely Cheltenham community resource. Read more>

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Character Day 2019

Cheltenham School District encourages staff, students and families to observe Character Day on Friday, Sept. 27. An annual event, Character Day unites millions of schools, companies and homes to develop and deepen character strengths like empathy, grit, gratitude and leadership. Character development is important because it leads to school and career success and stronger, more engaged individuals and a more just world. This year’s Character Day focuses on the relationship between character and technology. Take a moment to consider your strengths utilizing this character strengths and virtues classification chart from the Values in Action (VIA) Institute on Character. For daily updates and tips on character as it relates to technology in the week before Friday’s Character Day 2019, check out the district’s social media channels. Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
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CHS alumna Sara Davis, a 21-year-old enrolled at East Stroudsburg University's Career, Independent Living & Learning Studies (CILLS) program, was featured in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's newsletter in the story "Trisomy 21: Sara’s College Story." 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.


Other reminders:

  • 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 at the CSD Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park) on the following dates and times:

  • 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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This Week's Athletic Schedule

Monday, Sept. 23

Girls Volleyball v. Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 24

Field Hockey v. Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer v. Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer @ Abington, 3:30 p.m.

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


Wednesday, Sept. 25

Girls Volleyball @ Pennridge High, 3:30 p.m.

Boys/Girls Cross Country v. Upper Moreland, Springfield @ Curtis Arboretum, 3:30 p.m.

Field Hockey @ Upper Dublin, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, Sept. 26

Boys Soccer @ Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

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

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


Friday, Sept. 27

Girls Volleyball v. Quakertown, 3:30 p.m.

Football @ Upper Dublin, 7 p.m.


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

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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.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 26th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

Facilities/Financial Affairs Committee

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

SEAC Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 6:30-8pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Meeting is in the Learning Commons.
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District Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)

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Community Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)