Friday, August 31

In this week's edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share, back to school time, 6abc visits Glenside Elementary, CSDF's 5th annual Food Truck Jamboree, upcoming calendar reminders, #CSDreads, Panther Pack on the prowl, upcoming meetings, school and community flyers and more.

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Back to School Time

The 2018-19 school year is off to a great start. Students are acclimating to their new surroundings and getting to know their classmates and teachers are learning about their students. CSD students have lots of learning in front of them, but also a great amount of personal, social and emotional growth. Have a great year! Below, please find video slideshows of opening day around the district.



6ABC Visits Glenside Elementary

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, 6abc Action News personality Karen Rogers and her cameraman paid a visit to Glenside Elementary School to interview students about what was on their minds as the school year began. Rogers visited Sarah DeMaria's first-grade class and Helen Ward's second-grade class and interviewed students two at a time about who was their favorite teacher, what was the best part of school and how their summers were, among others. The students represented Glenside well, answering thoughtfully and with humor. In Misty Wagner's third-grade class, Rogers gathered the children and asked them to perform "Glenside" and "Good morning" cheers. When Rogers reached Stacy Epstein's fourth grade class, she noticed a student wearing a "Floss is Boss" t-shirt and so joined the classroom in performing the Floss, a dance made famous by the video game Fortnight. (Video below)

"The kids were great," Rogers said on her way out of the building.

The videos of the students are expected to start running Tuesday, Sept. 4​ as intro and outro segments on the 6ABC morning broadcast from 4:30 - 7 throughout the "back-to-school" season. The videos could also run as promotional pieces which could air during commercial breaks at any point in the day.

Check out this Behind-the-Scenes Video>



CSD Foundation's 5th Annual Food Truck Jamboree - Saturday, Sept. 22

The Cheltenham School District's fifth annual Food Truck Jamboree is right around the corner, set for Saturday, Sept. 22 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Cheltenham High School. Join your neighbors for a community-building day with local musical talent, delicious food, kids’ activities and a silent auction. This year's food trucks include tastes from around the world, including Mediterranean, Caribbean, soul food, Mexican, Turkish and more. Justin Timberlake concert tickets and 2019 CHS graduation tickets highlight the silent auction. Entertainment includes musical performances by the CHS a cappella groups, marching band and student and teacher artists and a dunk tank with participation by various CSD staff.

Downloadable Flyer>

Tickets are $3 and are available online>

Volunteer opportunities are available>

For additional information, visit www.cheltenhamsdf.org.


EP Students Create Bar Soap on Sale at Sparrow And Hawk Apothecary

This past spring, as a part of a Lunch and Learn program, Elkins Park School students worked with the proprietors of Sparrow and Hawk Apothecary in Elkins Park Village near the train station to learn how they make their products. Students developed scents of their own and chose one to represent the school "EP Eagle" bar soap. According to Sparrow and Hawk, the soap contains “notes of lemon, orange, bergamot and more! Rich with moisture and it’s ‘Scentfully Delicious!’” The soap is available for purchase with 10 percent of sales going directly to Elkins Park School.


Delivering Book Bags for Those in Need

This week, elementary home and school visitor Jennifer Mosher (pictured) delivered book bags filled with school supplies to counselors for CSD students in need. The district received 75 new book bags from Cradles to Crayons, which provides the essential items children need to thrive at home or school from birth through age 12.

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The print edition of the Times Chronicle covered the Cedarbrook Middle School ribbon cutting and reopening with a front page, above the fold story. Read the online story>

According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, Cheltenham tied for 10th among Pennsylvania high schools sending the most students to Harvard, Princeton & MIT. Read more>

Former Cheltenham football player Chris Myarick was featured in an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer about Temple University football walk-on student-athletes earning scholarships. Read more>

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Upcoming Calendar Reminders

Schools are closed the following days:
  • Monday, Sept. 3 for the Labor Day Holiday
  • Monday, Sept. 10 and Tuesday, Sept. 11 for Rosh Hashanah

The District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Sept. 12. 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.


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Get Caught and Get Posted!

Each month, Cheltenham’s librarians will distribute a book list celebrating different themes. Snap a photo of your children reading a book that highlights that month's theme and email it 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 the hashtag #csdreads.


Panther Pack on the Prowl

The Panther Pack (formerly Cub Club) will host its first events at Cheltenham football games this fall. Pack members will have the opportunity to participate in pre-game activities, gather in the huddle and take photos with coaches, players, cheerleaders and of course the Panther! There will also be some entertainment and competitions for Pack members.

Led by district parents Brandi Millis, Cedarbrook boys’ basketball coach and a former CHS girls basketball player, and Terri Kelly, a Penn State graduate who’s seen the the positive role that sports has played in her own boys’ lives, the Panther Pack is for students between 5 and 12 who want to show their pride in Cheltenham Athletics. The Panther Pack is interested in attracting members and sponsors. If you or your child(ren) would like to become involved, contact Millis or Kelly.


Rumph Foundation to Host Children's Heart Screenings

The Daniel E. Rumph II Foundation is hosting a free heart health and electrocardiogram (ECG) screening for children on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Daniel E. Rumph II Rec Center at 100 E. Johnson St., Philadelphia, PA 19144. Among its other programs, the foundation's Save the Next Bright Start program was created to bring awareness to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young people, through public speaking and educational materials. A former Philly hoops star, Rumph tragically passed away at 21 on Mother's Day in 2005 from a heart condition that led to sudden cardiac arrest during a summer pick-up game at Mallery Recreation Center in Mount Airy. For more information, contact foundation events director Michael Morak or visit http://deriifoundation.org/ourevents/heart-health-screening/.


The Coming Week's Athletics Slate

Tuesday, Sept. 4

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

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

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Girls Varsity Soccer @ Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

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

Boys Varsity Soccer v. Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 6

Girls Varsity Tennis @ Hatboro-Horsham, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Volleyball v. Souderton, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 7

Girls Varsity Field Hockey @ Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Varsity Soccer @ Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Volleyball v. Lansdale Catholic, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Soccer v. Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.

Football @ Abington, 7 p.m.

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


Cedarbrook Traffic Patterns

The CSD Transportation Department strives to ensure all students are transported to and from school in a safe and timely manner. As we all acclimate to the start of the school year and the new Cedarbrook, some bus delays the first week of school are possible. The Transportation Department will monitor and adjust routes during the week as needed. Families with students attending Cedarbrook should watch the video below to familiarize themselves with the new school's traffic patterns and drop-off and dismissal procedures.
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Facilities/Financial Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 4th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Back to School Night

Wednesday, Sep. 5th, 7pm

500 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 12th, 7:45pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

CSDF Food Truck Jamboree

Saturday, Sep. 22nd, 2-6pm

500 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 25th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Elementary Schools Back to School Night

Wednesday, Sep. 26th, 6pm

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 27th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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District Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)

Community Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)