#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, April 5

In this week's edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share, CHS Musical Theater stages “Urinetown: The Musical” April 11 - 13, world famous Harlem Wizards square off against the ’Ham Hoopstars Saturday, PBL10 Hosts Exhibition for “The Boat Project: How Do I Get Across That?” tonight, Climate, Culture and Equity meeting presentation and more ... "Need to Know Info" contains calendar reminders, CSDF scholarships, PSSA guide, Communications Committee presentation, 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 11 - 13

For its 56th annual production, Cheltenham Musical Theater is staging the multiple Tony Award-winning satiric comedy musical “Urinetown: The Musical” April 11-13 at Stretton Hall at Cheltenham High School. Tickets are available online and are $12 for adults and $8 for students. Ordering in advance enables ticket buyers to choose their seats. This production is recommended for ages 10 and up. Order tickets> | Read more>

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World Famous Harlem Wizards Squaring off against the ’Ham Hoopstars Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the day, Cheltenham! A high-flying, slam-dunking, rim-rattling basketball show is coming to town Saturday, April 6 when the world-famous Harlem Wizards face off against the ’Ham Hoopstars at Cheltenham High School at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.cheltenham.org/wizardstix and at the door.


CSD staff suiting up for the game include Erin Hennessey and Amy Flynn from Wyncote Elementary; Clay Zimmer, Nick Perez (Principal) and Lara Trainor from Cheltenham Elementary; Renato Lajara (Principal) from Myers Elementary; Tai Crutchfield from Elkins Park; Khary Blackmon, Tiffany Lee, Kristen McGeary, Brandi Millis and Sean Quenzer from Cedarbrook Middle School; and Lizzy Wawrzyniak from Cheltenham High School. (Click the names above to enjoy the "Anatomy of a Hoopstar" series.)


Watch the hype video>

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TONIGHT: PBL10 Hosts Exhibition for “The Boat Project: How Do I Get Across That?”

The sophomore project based learning contingent is hosting the exhibition “The Boat Project: How Do I Get Across That?” tonight from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at CHS. The exhibition includes video from this past Friday’s boat race at the high school natatorium, student-made boats and paddles and sails enhanced with original, symbolic artwork and student-made artifacts and original written works. Read more>

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Climate, Culture and Equity Meeting Presentation

A big thank you to everyone who came out to the Climate, Culture and Equity meeting Wednesday, April 3 at Wyncote Elementary. The district received great feedback on the equity statement and attendees had thoughtful conversations about this important work. For those unable to attend, please see the presentation link below or click the photo above. CSD Administration will update the community on the next draft of the equity statement as soon as it is available. Presentation>

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Tie Dye Party for Special Olympics

On Friday, March 29, 24 general and special education students participated in the annual CHS springtime ritual of tie dying the t-shirts for CHS, CBK and Myers Elementary Special Olympics participants. Hatboro Horsham High School will host the Special Olympics on Sunday, May 19. Skills for Life teachers Philip Cohen and Vonnie Gillick collaborated with Math teacher Craig Deiley to teach and support students in the art of tie dye. Read more>

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Musical Theater Workshop

Aspiring musical theater performers from Elkins Park School and Glenside Elementary had the opportunity to learn from members of the Cheltenham High School Touring Ensemble - under the direction of Jenny Hutton - at the school district’s first musical theater workshop this past weekend. The three groups watched each other perform before collaborating on song and dance to the “Brand New You” from “13 The Musical.” The workshop was a fun and exciting opportunity for the younger students to connect with high school role models and to learn and grow as performers.

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CHS AP Computer Science Principles Class “Explore” Police Body Cams

The CHS AP Computer Science Principles class hosted Cheltenham Township Police Department Officer David Sparango and Lieutenant Andrew Snyder to learn about body-worn police cameras. Students are working on an “Explore” task for the College Board where they investigate computer innovations like police cameras used on township patrol cars. While township law enforcement does not wear body-worn police cameras, the class needed information about how the data is collected, used and stored. AP Computer Science Principles is in its first year at Cheltenham High School, and students learn about how computers and technology impact their daily lives.

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National History Day Competition

On Saturday, March 30 two teams of Cheltenham High School juniors placed in the Bucks and Montgomery County Regional National History Day Contest at Delaware Valley University and are qualified to move on to May’s state competition.


Juniors Sami Goldberg and Caroline McKenzie won the group website category for their website about the Jonestown Massacre, while Maggie Morrison and Oren Schwartz’s documentary about Charley Ross, the first kidnap for ransom case in the United States, took third in the group documentary category. Read more>

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Calendar Reminders

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, April 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.


On Friday, April 12, students will be dismissed early in advance of Spring Break at the following times:

  • Cedarbrook Middle School | Noon
  • K – 6 Schools | 1 p.m.
  • Cheltenham High School | 1:55 p.m.


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


For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

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Stay Informed: Communications Committee Meeting

The Communications Committee met on Thursday, March 28. Topics of discussion included boardroom AV update, social media stats, equity meeting and parent engagement strategies. View presentation>

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CSD Foundation Offering $6,000 in Scholarships to Class of 2019

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, Cheltenham teachers and administrators and community members, the Cheltenham School District Foundation is offering $6,000 in scholarships again this year to members of the graduating class. Applications can be submitted through April 8, 2019. Scholarship winners will be announced at Senior Awards Night at CHS on June 3. Submit applications online> | Read more>

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2019 PSSA Parent/Guardian Guide

The PSSAs are quickly approaching. In order to prepare you and your child(ren), please see the linked document below. In the document, you will find the testing schedules for each school, as well as other testing policies and procedures that allow for a smooth testing administration. 2019 PSSA Parent/Guardian Guide>

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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.

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Athletics Schedule

Saturday, April 6

Boys Track & Field @ Kiwanis Invitational, Council Rock North, 10 a.m.

Girls Track & Field @ PW Colonial Classic, Plymouth Whitemarsh, 11 a.m.


Monday, April 8

Boys Tennis @ Hatboro Horsham, 3:30 p.m.

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


Tuesday, April 9

Boys Tennis @ Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

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

Girls Track & Field @ Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball @ Council Rock North, 3:30 p.m.

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

Boys Track & Field v. Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, April 10

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

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


Thursday, April 11

Boys Baseball @ Hatboro Horsham, 3:30 p.m.

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

Boys Volleyball v. Neshaminy, 3:30 p.m.


Friday, April 12

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


For more sports events and activities, visit CheltenhamPanthers.org.

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For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

Homework Committee

Monday, April 8th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA


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


Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, April 9th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

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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