#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, August 24

In this week's edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share, Cedarbrook ribbon cutting, Patrick Fleury named boys basketball coach, CSDF awards faculty innovation grants and more.


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Cedarbrook Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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More than four years after closing abruptly due to mold, the Cheltenham School District’s new 180,000 square-foot, ultra-modern Cedarbrook Middle School marked its rebirth Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony on a gorgeous evening in front of more than 100 state and local officials, school board members, township administrators and Cheltenham families. Read more>


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https://youtu.be/i_sh6EcueGw

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Transportation and the First Week of School

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.
https://youtu.be/I4LWVhliyjk

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Patrick Fleury '05 Named High School Boys Basketball Coach

Cheltenham High School Class of 2005 graduate Patrick Fleury has been named head coach of the varsity boys basketball team at his alma mater, CHS Athletic Director John Creighton announced recently. Fleury is the seventh boys basketball coach in school history. Read more>


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CSD Foundation Awards Innovation Grants

The Cheltenham School District Foundation awarded 24 grants totaling nearly $25,000 to 27 Cheltenham educators at this year’s school-opening festivities. The individual grants ranged from $1,500 to $100. Read more>

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CSD Earns Mini-Grant to Pilot “Grab and Go” Breakfast Program

The Cheltenham School District’s Myers and Cheltenham elementary schools have been awarded $5,000 each mini-grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to pilot a “grab-and-go” breakfast program this coming school year. The grant award criteria were heavily factored on the percentage of free and reduced lunch participation at the buildings, and Cheltenham and Myers Elementary have the highest percentage of free and reduced participation in the district. The program begins on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Read more>

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Cheltenham Transportation Adds 40 Propane-Fueled Buses to Its Fleet

The Cheltenham School District Board of Directors and Administration continue their commitment to sustainability through the introduction of 40 72-passenger propane-fueled buses to the existing Cheltenham Transportation fleet. Propane-fueled school buses provide a number of environmental advantages, including cleaner-burning fuel and a reduction of hydrocarbons and emissions. The Propane Education and Research Council estimates emissions will be reduced by 11 percent by swapping a diesel school bus with a propane school bus. Propane-fueled school buses also offer long-term cost savings due to reduced fuel usage and maintenance costs. In addition to adding buses to its fleet, Cheltenham Transportation renovated its depot to accommodate the propane-filling station for the new fleet.

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Welcome to the Class of 2031!

As part of the welcome to kindergarten in the Cheltenham School District, all four elementary schools hosted gatherings for incoming kindergarteners and their families on Thursday, August 23. Check out the slideshow below for highlights. Whether you have a kindergartener or rising senior, everyone takes pictures of their children in their first-day-of-school best. When you're posting those photos on Monday to social media, add #backtocsd and mention @cheltenhamsd and we'll share your photos. Let's get the 18-19 off to a great start!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgoMAUQCBTE&feature=youtu.be
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Weekend Sports Slate

The only Panther athletic team in action this weekend is the football squad, which is opening its season Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. at home versus the Council Rock South Hawks. Come out and root on the Panthers as they kickoff coach Ryan Nase's second season. This week, senior Justin Grady was mentioned in a Philadelphia Inquirer article as one of the best placekickers in southeast Pennsylvania.


Fall sports schedules for the coming weeks can be found at www.cheltenhampanthers.org.

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CSD, Chartwells Introduce Biometric Finger-Scanning to Expedite Lunch Lines in K-4

The Cheltenham School District, in partnership with Chartwells Food Service Company, strives to improve our students’ well-being by offering fresh, delicious and nutritious meals every day. We work to improve your child’s lunch experience by serving lunch that meet their nutritional needs and ensures students are served in an efficient manner.


With the start of the 2018-19 school year, Cheltenham School District will be implementing a biometric finger-scanning component, IdentiMetrics, as an affordable alternative option to access lunch accounts for K-4 students. In the current system, students enter their student IDs on a key pad. Adding biometric scanning technology will improve the expediency with which students move through the lunch lines, which provides more time for students to enjoy their lunch.


Click through for additional information on biometric finger scanning and frequently asked questions regarding this system.

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Upcoming Calendar Reminders

Schools are closed the following days:
  • Friday, Aug. 31 and 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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InfoSnap Update

Families should be in receipt of an email containing a link to a unique "snapcode" enabling parents and guardians to update their child(ren)'s contact information through InfoSnap. If you have not received your email, please complete this form and your snapcode email will be processed as soon as possible.

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Bus Transportation Update

The 2018-19 school bus stop assignments are available online. Once you're on the site, enter your street to search. To filter your results, specify a zip code, school and/or grade. If your child was not registered to attend CSD by Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, your child has not yet been assigned to a route. The transportation department will work diligently to assign your child’s bus route as quickly as possible; however, the process takes up to five business days after registration notification is received. Once your child has been assigned to a bus route, you will be notified by your child’s school. If you have any questions upon receipt of your child’s bus stop assignment, email transportation@cheltenham.org or call 215-886-9500 ext. 6019.

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First Day of School

Monday, Aug. 27th, 7am

Cheltenham Township School District, Cheltenham Township, PA, USA

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Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 29th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Facilities/Financial Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 4th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 12th, 7:45pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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