Cheltenham Elementary School

DOLPHIN TIMES- October 12 - October 16

School Closed on Monday Oct. 12th for Teacher Professional Development

Student Learn about Pedestrian and Vehicle Safety

The Montgomery County Health Department partnered with Cheltenham Elementary School for International Walk to School Day! Walk to School Day is an annual event that raises awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and concern for the environment. The event builds connections between families, school, and the community. This week students listened to presentations from "Oddo" the talking Auto, and the MCHD staff. They discussed pedestrian safety and vehicle safety. This included buckling up, staying alert, and crossing at crosswalks. The Montgomery County Health Department will continue to support CES with other presentations and activities throughout the school year. Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey to assist us better in understanding the barriers to why kids aren't walking to school. We will use this data to continue our work in breaking down some of these barriers. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JNSQKN2

CES Celebrates Walk To School Day

On Wednesday, October 7 Cheltenham Elementary School celebrated International Walk to School Day with their partners from the Montgomery County Health Department and Cheltenham Township Police Department. Principal Nick Perez welcomed everyone to the event and summarized a few of the International Walk To School Day activities that led to the morning’s gathering. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Wagner Marseille then briefly spoke to students about the importance of staying physically healthy and safe. Next, Cheltenham Elementary School Physical Education teachers Mr. Kelly Johnson and Mr. Dan Ward got the school community ready for their lap around their building by leading a few easy to follow exercises. Once warmed up, it was time to move. Led by Officer Hinchee, Officer Hoppe and Montgomery County Health Department representatives, students and staff members completed a full circle around their school. Boys and girls fully utilized their pedestrian safety lessons by looking in every direction as they crossed from sidewalk to sidewalk and used cross walks when crossing the street. The event wrapped up with a healthy snack donated by Chartwells Food Service and distributed to all students.

Cheltenham High School Marching Band Visits Cheltenham Elementary

The CHS marching band had their annual visit on Friday Oct. 9th. Students, Parents, and Staff enjoyed listening to great performances, usually seen at CHS football games. One of our kindergarten students event had an opportunity to be the marching band leader.

Character Parade a Great Success!

As a kickoff for the bookfair CES had its annual book character parade. There were many amazing characters and unique costumes on display. The second grade teachers dressed as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Two staff members dressed as "Viola Swamp," and there was even a band of Pirates. It was a great celebration and well attended by our families.

The Book Fair is Oct. 13-19

Cheltenham Elementary School will be hosting the annual book fair beginning on Tuesday, October 13th and continuing through Monday, October 19th. The Book Fair is sponsored by the PTO and gives children the opportunity to purchase new, current, colorful, and enjoyable books. The prices range from approximately $4.95 to $8.95 for quality paperbacks, to approximately $25.00 for hardcover/gift books.

The Book Fair will also be open during the PTO sponsored evening movie night on Friday, October 16th, providing another opportunity for you to shop with your child. You are also able to shop at the book fair online. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the Book Fair event. Please sign-up below.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c44a5ac2aa1fc1-book2

Help support 4th grade PTO events through Yankee Candle Orders!

Yankee Candle sale is officially started and will end 10/15. Proceeds go to support the 4th grade events at the end of the school year. Yankee Candle ® products make excellent gifts for any occasion, including Holidays, Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Housewarmings. The brochure may also be viewed online at: www.yankeecandlefundraising.com

Our group number is 99004068. If you have any questions please contact Michelle Robinson mrob0821@gmail.com

PARENT MATH NIGHT WORKSHOP

We are pleased to announce a Math Night for parents focusing on our new enVision Math program for Grades K-6. Please come out and join us on Wednesday October 14, 2015 at the Administration Building at 6:30 P.M. for a presentation and question and answer session. There will be a program overview, explanation of online access, and suggestions for support at home.

STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMUNITY WIDE WORKSHOPS


The School District is undergoing an in-depth strategic planning process to plan for the next five years of operations and aspirations. The district has engaged Bloom to partner in the process. Bloom is based in Philadelphia and specializes in strategic planning for schools and education-related organizations. The following message is being delivered on behalf of Ingrid Boucher of Bloom.


Bloom is honored to have been chosen to lead the District's strategic planing work. We invite you to visit our website here. Bloom is currently in the middle of an initial research-oriented phase of work – conducting interviews, data analysis, and surveys. Very soon you will most likely have the opportunity to take a survey asking about your perceptions of the district. Please take it!


Once our research is complete, we’ll be conducting two significant planning meetings in October to launch into the detailed work of the planning process, which will stretch over the next several months. Below, please find descriptions of these two meetings. Note that the agendas for the meetings are different and we encourage as many people as possible to attend both meetings. More details will be shared about each session as we get closer to the dates. Please feel free to reach out to me, Ingrid Boucher (ingridboucher@bloomplanning.com), or Dwight Nolt (dnolt@cheltenham.org), for more information.



  • Meeting 1, October 22nd from 5-9 PM:Research Review Meeting: Bloom will facilitate a four-hour community-wide workshop-style summit to review the relevant research to date, discuss possible new mission, vision, and values statements and lay the groundwork for the strategic planning process.
  • Meeting 2, October 29th from 5-9 PM:Future Visioning & Key Initiatives Meeting: Bloom will facilitate a second four-hour community-wide workshop-style summit to set the vision to be pursued through the course of the strategic planning process and to articulate multiple priority initiatives, referencing relevant goals from past plans and setting sights on a fresh horizon for SDCT’s future. Initiative areas may comprise: student achievement, operations, technology, human capital, special populations, community relations and engagement, facilities and infrastructure, and safety.