#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, March 15

In this week's edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share, CSD implements “Safe2Say Something,” alumna takes NCAA title, CBK stages “Spamalot,” EP’s Smith medals at AAU Nationals, “Urinetown” tickets now on sale, Girls Track sets marks at Nationals, WHM Forum at Bowie State, pen pal virtual meet up and International Day of Happiness. "Need to Know Info" includes calendar reminders, 2019-20 academic calendar, PSSA parent/guardian guide, kindergarten registration, Summer Voyage, athletics schedules, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.


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Cheltenham School District Implements “Safe2Say Something” Anonymous Reporting System

The Cheltenham School District has adopted the “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) anonymous reporting system for grades 7-12. Mandated under the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 2018 Act 44, the program educates students and adults to recognize and report at-risk behavior – especially on social media. Read more>

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Chanel Brissett '17 Takes NCAA 60m Hurdles Title at NCAAs

USC Trojans sprinter and 2017 CHS graduate Chanel Brissett won the NCAA 60m hurdles this past weekend at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. The sophomore took the title by tying her personal record of 7.90, outpacing North Carolina A&T's Kayla White by two-tenths of a second. That time ranks fifth in the world this season. Brissett won the 60m hurdles at all five meets she competed in this season. Read more>

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CBKTheatre Returns Home to Stage Monty Python's "Spamalot"

“Lovingly ripped off” from the classic 1975 comedy film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” Monty Python’s “Spamalot” tells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in a whole new way. Featuring gallant (and not so gallant) knights, showgirls, showboys, cows, killer rabbits and French people, this irreverent spoof includes hilarious parodies of Broadway theatre along the way. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, March 21-23 at 7:30 p.m.at Cedarbrook Middle School. All seating is general admission. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Cheltenham.org/spamalot.

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EP’s Laylah Charlie Smith Earns Medal at AAU Nationals in 3,000 Meters

EP fifth grader Laylah Charlie Smith has been running distance events for three years, and she announced her presence on the national stage in a big way this past weekend with a medal-winning effort in the 3,000-meters in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Indoor Nationals in Prince George County, Md. Read more>

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Tickets on Sale for Cheltenham Musical Theater’s Production of "Urinetown"

For its 56th annual production, Cheltenham Musical Theater is staging multiple Tony Award-winning “Urinetown” Thursday through Saturday, April 11-13 at Stretton Hall at Cheltenham High School.


An animated cast tell a witty story of corporate greed and populist revolution, satirizing musical theatre conventions with irreverent, tongue-in-cheek humor. Modeled after the plays of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Urinetown is a wickedly funny, fast-paced and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Tickets will go quickly, buy now to choose the best seats in the house! Read more> | Buy tickets>

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Girls Track Sets School Marks at New Balance National Indoor Meet

This past weekend, the Girls Track team set a handful of school records at the New Balance National Indoor meet at the Armory in New York City. Senior Bria Barnes and junior Brianna Smith each claimed all-American honors. Smith had an outstanding meet in the pentathlon and high jump. She placed fifth in the pentathlon with a school record 3,667 points. In the high jump, Smith broke her own school record, leaping 5-8.5. Barnes set the school record in the Championship 400-meter final. Read more>

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Road Trip to Bowie State for WHM Forum

District and high school administrators and teachers led a daylong trip to Maryland’s Bowie State Wednesday for almost 20 African-American CHS students to experience the 6,000-student historically black university and attend a women’s history month forum and panel discussion.

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CES Third and Fourth Graders “Meet” Iowa Pen Pals via Video Chat

Gerald Aungst’s third and fourth grade Challenge classes at Cheltenham Elementary “met” a few of their pen pals from South Tama County Elementary School in Tama, Iowa, face to face on Monday via an online video chat. Read more>

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International Day of Happiness - March 20

CSD Positive Psychology teacher leaders spread happiness at Wednesday's faculty meetings in preparation for the International Day of Happiness on March 20. According to positive psychology researcher Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, individuals have great control over their happiness. Half of our happiness is based upon our genetics, 10 percent on our life circumstances, and the remaining 40 percent is based on actions, thoughts and life choices. Read more>
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Lil Dicky, a.k.a. Cheltenham graduate David Burd, received an order from FX Networks for the first season of the yet-to-be-named half-hour comedy based on his life and career. Lil Dicky will star in the series. 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.


School will be closed Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19 for Spring Break.


For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

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Board Adopts 2019-2020 Academic Calendar

By unanimous vote at the Tuesday, March 12 Legislative board meeting, the Board of School Directors of Cheltenham School District adopted the following schedule for the 2019-2020 academic year.


The calendar features teacher induction Tuesday through Friday, August 12 - 15, 2019, pre-Labor Day start of Monday, August 26, 2019, , nine professional development days, four built-in snow days, Thursday, June 4, 2020, graduation and a final student day of Tuesday, June 16, 2020. View calendar>

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2019 PSSA Parent 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 Guide>

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Kindergarten Registration and Readiness 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). Due to professional development day, registration will not take place on Tuesday, May 21. Prior to making an appointment, parents/guardians must submit an application via the district's registration portal. Once registration paperwork is submitted, a link will appear to schedule an appointment to bring in the required paperwork and for the child to participate in the readiness screening. 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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Summer Voyage “Taking Flight” at Cheltenham Elementary

Cheltenham School District will sponsor the 2019 Summer Voyage program “Taking Flight,” where rising second through sixth graders can explore the history of flight, its social and cultural impact on societies across the globe, engineering and design of various aircraft, and design of their own flight innovations. Pennsylvania-certified teachers will lead students through a project-based learning model as they exercise their curiosity, creativity, collaboration and critical-thinking skills in various activities. Read more> | Registration>

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Athletics Schedule

Friday, March 15

Boys Tennis v. North Penn, 3:30 p.m.


Monday, March 18

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

Boys Baseball @ Lansdale Catholic, 3:45 p.m.


Wednesday, March 20

Boys Tennis @ Lansdale Catholic, 3:30 p.m.


Friday, March 22

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

Boys Volleyball v. Central Bucks South 3:30 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse v. Conwell-Egan , 3:30 p.m.

Girls Softball @ William Tennent, 3:45 p.m.


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

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For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 19th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, March 25th, 10-11:30am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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

UPG - SEAC Inclusion Event with speaker Kerry Magro

Monday, March 25th, 7pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 27th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 28th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.
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District Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)

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Community Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)