#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, January 18

In this issue of #ThisIsCheltenham, MLK "Day On," Board accepts Elkins Estate TIF agreement, junior cellist advances to regional competition, 2019 football schedule, need to know info, upcoming meetings / events; and much, much more.


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Service Projects, Historic Recitations, Song and Dance to Highlight Cheltenham’s MLK “Day On”

Hundreds of Cheltenham School District students, parents and community members will gather at Cheltenham High School on Monday, Jan. 21 for service projects, performances and birthday cake to commemorate the memory and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the District’s annual “Day On.”


Each school will perform its own service project, some of which include creating flashcards for incoming kindergarten students, no-sew blankets and bags to fill with toiletries and other essentials for those less fortunate, breakfast bags for the homeless, and collecting books, coats and stuffed animals for children. Some of the organizations the schools have partnered with include Laurel House, Pennsylvania Workwear program and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.


Prior to students engaging in their service projects, community members will be treated to performances by the Elkins Park School African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Cedarbrook’s Explosion and Conscious Minds hip hop dancers and rappers, local dance troupes, recitation of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” by Glenside Elementary school student Taji Belle and a version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with audience participation. Pennsylvania State Representative Steve McCarter and CSD Board Chair Julie Haywood will also speak.


The day will wrap up in the high school’s senior cafeteria to sing “Happy Birthday” to Martin Luther King and enjoy birthday cake.


See flyer for more details>

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CSD School Board Accepts Tax Incremental Financing Resolution to Redevelop Elkins Estate

By an 8-1 vote, the Cheltenham School District Board of Directors accepted the tax incremental financing resolution concerning the Elkins Estate at 1750 Ashbourne Rd. in Elkins Park.


The resolution reads: “Approval of a resolution of the Board of School Directors of the Cheltenham School District, approving the school district's participation in a tax increment finance districting within the Township of Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in connection with the Elkins Estate Tax Increment Financing District; authorizing certain other matters relating to such tax increment district; and proving for an effective date and general repealer.” Read more>

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Junior Naomi Aires Retains First Chair in Cello at PMEA District Competition

Junior cellist Naomi Aires retained her first chair standing at this past weekend’s Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 11 Orchestra Festival at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. She moves on to perform in the PMEA Region VI Orchestra competition Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23 at Downingtown West for guest conductor Dr. Timothy Dixon. Read more>

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Cheltenham Football Unveils 2019 Schedule

At the annual Football banquet this past Sunday, the team's 2019 schedule was unveiled. Under third-year coach Ryan Nase, the team looks to improve on its 8-4 season and first district playoff win in nearly two decades.

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Jack Clark '18, a freshman cager for the La Salle University Explorers, was the subject of a feature story in The Philadelphia Inquirer about his comeback from a devastating knee injury and decision not to redshirt this season. Read article>

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Calendar Reminders

Schools will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


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, Feb. 13. 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.


Schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18 for Presidents Day.

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Inclement Weather Procedures & Notification

This past weekend, Cheltenham experienced its first snow of 2019, and if past is prelude to the future, more winter weather is on its way for the next few months. Please read this message from Superintendent Wagner Marseille to learn how the District comes to decisions with regard to inclement weather circumstances and through which channels you can be notified. Read more>

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Parent Workshop & Book Club

Join Cindy Goldberg and a team of Positive Psychology teacher leaders on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park) to explore ways to help children identify their strengths and flourish in school, at home, and in their lives. Three decades of research shows the advantages of taking a strengths-based approach for children and adults alike. Email cygoldberg@cheltenham.org to RSVP.

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Cheltenham Township Parks and Recreation Winter Programs

Don’t miss out on Cheltenham Township Parks and Recreation Winter programs for kids and adults. Register online or check the website for program and registration information. In person registration begins tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 12.

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Athletics Schedule

Friday, Jan. 18

Girls Track @ Virginia Showcase, Lynchburg, Va.

Girls Track @ Lehigh University, 6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball @ Upper Moreland, 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball v. Upper Moreland, 7 p.m.


Saturday, Jan. 19

Girls Track @ Virginia Showcase, Lynchburg, Va.

Boys Track @ Glen Mills Invitational, 7:30 a.m.

Girls Track @ Armory (NYC), 8:30 a.m.

Girls Basketball @ Pennsbury, 1:30 p.m


Sunday, Jan. 20

Girls Track @ Virginia Showcase, Lynchburg, Va.


Monday, Jan. 21

Boys Basketball v. George Washington, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, Jan. 22

Coed Swimming @ Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball @ Upper Dublin, 7 p.m.

Girls Varsity Basketball v. Upper Dublin, 7 p.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 23

Boys Wrestling @ Hatboro Horsham, 7 p.m.


Thursday, Jan. 24

Boys Basketball @ Plymouth Whitemarsh, 7 p.m.


Friday, Jan. 25

Coed Swimming v. Upper Dublin, 5 p.m.

Girls Track @ Lehigh University, 6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball v. Plymouth Whitemarsh, 7 p.m.


For more events, visit CheltenhamPanthers.com.

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For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 24th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Jan. 28th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Please RSVP to Maureen Jennis

World Languages Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 29th, 6pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Facilities/Financial Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Special Education Alliance of Cheltenham Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 7th, 7pm

400 Myrtle Avenue

PA

Rowland Community Center

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Feb. 11th, 10am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is for all Cheltenham residents. Please RSVP to Maureen Jennis at mjennis@cheltenham.org

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.
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