Friday, October 5

In this week's edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share, "Pink Out" Week, a starring role at Walnut Street Theatre for an Elkins Park student, Climate, Culture and Equity meeting recap, Homecoming, #CSDreads, CHS Mindfulness Club, Instant Decision Days, early dismissal reminders, upcoming meetings / events, school and community flyers and much, much more.

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Cheltenham Student Council Partners with Komen in the Fight against Breast Cancer during “Pink Out” Week

The Cheltenham Student Council is sponsoring its “Pink Out” partnership with the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Foundation. The 2018 “Pink Out” Week will run from October 8 -12, and culminate at the CHS football team’s “Pink Out” game versus Hatboro Horsham on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. The goal of this program is to raise awareness and funds to help more women and men in our community survive breast cancer.

Under the umbrella of Dietz & Watson’s unique “Pretty in Pig” program, students, staff and families will have the opportunity to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer by donating what they can in an effort to win a “Grillebration” hot dog party for students courtesy of D&W. Each school will receive 20 small piggy banks, which will be disbursed to the classrooms of teachers who wish to participate. The high school will host a giant piggy bank near the attendance desk across the lobby from Stretton Hall (and cafeteria during lunch) as an awareness builder. Students will decorate, name and generally make the giant pig their own. Students will also receive breast cancer awareness literature. Read more>


Elkins Park Student Named Lead in Walnut Street Theatre Production of “Matilda the Musical”

Elkins Park sixth grader Jemma Bleu Greenbaum has been cast as the lead in the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of Roald Dahl’s "Matilda the Musical." She will share the role with fellow actor Ellie Biron. The mainstage show opens Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, and closes Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. "Matilda The Musical" is the inspiring story of an extraordinary little girl with an unbounded imagination and incredible courage. She proves that despite the odds, you can do anything you put your mind to — and change your destiny. Packed with high-energy dance and catchy songs, the play thrills children and adults alike and is the winner of more than 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical. Book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Check out showtimes and order tickets>

"Matilda" Casting Reveal


Everyone Is Getting Caught Reading!

CSD Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille “got caught reading” this past week as part of the district libraries’ “Get Caught Reading” initiative. Almost 75 families from across the district submitted photos for September’s Hispanic / Latino heritage theme. October brings freedom to choose your favorite book to get caught reading. Snap a photo of your child reading their favorite book and send the picture to getcaughtreading@cheltenham.org. Your photos will be featured on CSD social media, but be sure to include your child’s name and school so we can post correctly. Please remember, by submitting a photo, you are giving us permission to post the photo. Look for #csdreads.


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CHS Mindfulness Club

The inaugural meeting of the CHS Mindfulness Club convened this week to begin plans for the 2018-2019 school year. Students met with teachers Ms. Katie Starke and Ms. Jennifer Hall, who received a Cheltenham School District Foundation Innovation Grant to begin this endeavor, to brainstorm ideas to help their high school peers deal with stress using mindfulness practices, connection and fun. Ideas were plentiful and the club meetings will be open to all interested CHS Students.


Alumni Coming Home

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The Alumni Association of Cheltenham High School (AACHS) kicked off the 2018-19 school year with a huge showing at Friday night’s Homecoming game against Upper Dublin. More than 60 alumni, including parents, teachers and staff, stopping at the AACHS memorabilia table to reminisce and enjoy treats and swag. The special guests of the evening were members of the CHS Class of 1968, who were celebrating their 50th reunion! Earlier in the day, they toured CHS with Dr. McFall, taking in what has changed, what has not and reliving tons of memories from decades passed. The evening was a wonderful time together for all Panthers, past and present, celebrating the very best of why #WeChoseCheltenham. Contact the alumni association via email or call 215-517-2042. For fun facts, alumni info and connecting, visit the “Cheltenham High School Alumni” Facebook page.


CHS Lady Panthers Alumnae Basketball Game - Save the Date: January 5, 2019

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Calendar Reminders and Notes

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, Oct. 10. 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 are closed Monday, Oct. 15 for teacher professional development.

Schools are closed on Tuesday, Nov. 6 for Election Day. Teachers will report for professional development.


Climate, Culture and Equity Meeting Recap, Presentation

On Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, community members and administrators gathered at Wyncote Elementary for the first Climate, Culture and Equity meeting of the school year. Superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille presented some opening thoughts about the ongoing work in this area in which the district is engaged. CSD principals presented qualitative and quantitative data speaking to the climate and culture in their buildings during the first 30 days of school. View the presentation>

Cheltenham alumna Dr. Heather Bennett '04, the Pennsylvania School Board Association's (PSBA) Director of Equity Services, spoke about the work she is doing with PSBA around equity and how Cheltenham is ahead of the curve in addressing such issues.

Director of Penn's Leadership for Excellence & Equity Initiatives Dr. Robert L. Jarvis framed the group's conversation surrounding equity and what that means to districts and communities, and introduced the board's draft equity statement for feedback. View Dr. Jarvis' presentation>

Three more Climate, Culture and Equity meetings are on the books for the remainder of this school year.

Thursday, Jan. 3

Wednesday, April 3

Wednesday, May 29

All meetings will be held at Wyncote Elementary from 5:30 – 8 p.m. and boxed meals will be served. Please mark your calendars for these four important meetings.


Instant Decision Days

This fall, students who meet the specific criteria and deadlines have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with admission counselors from participating college or university as part of Instant Decision Days. Following the interview, the admission counselors will either offer admission to that institution or provide tips to increase students’ chances in the regular decision application process. Students can register online> | More information and a list of participating institutions of higher education>



Buy a Student Activity Ticket and Save $134!

Students who purchase the a $45 2018-19 Student Activity Ticket (SAT) can save $134 on admission to school events. The SAT gains students admission to the fall play, home football games, 10 girls basketball games, 10 boys basketball games, and a $2 discount on Eastern Standard Theatre and spring musical production tickets. Purchase now>


The Coming Week's Athletics Slate

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Saturday, Oct. 6

Girls Varsity Cross Country @ William Tennent Invitational

Monday, Oct. 8

Girls Varsity Volleyball @ Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Varsity Soccer @ Council Rock South, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Field Hockey @ Lansdale Catholic, 3:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Boys Varsity Soccer @ Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

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

Girls Varsity Soccer v. Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

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

Thursday, Oct. 11

Girls Varsity Field Hockey v. Springfield, 3:30 p.m. (Senior Day)

Boys Varsity Soccer @ Hatboro Horsham, 7 p.m.

Girls Varsity Soccer v. Hatboro Horsham, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 12

Girls Varsity Volleyball @ Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Soccer @ Northeast, 3:30 p.m.

Football v. Hatboro Horsham, 7 p.m. (Pink Out / Senior Night)

Full fall sports schedules can be found at www.cheltenhampanthers.org.

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Regular Legislative Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 7:45pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

College and Career Fair

Thursday, Oct. 11th, 9am-1pm

500 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 24th, 8-9am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 25th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Oct. 29th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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