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Friday, April 29

CSD MINDFULNESS MONTH MESSAGE FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

May is Mindfulness Month at CSD! We began the 2015-2016 school year with an awareness of the benefits of mindfulness and positive psychology. Mindfulness expert, Louis Alloro worked with staff in August to develop a baseline understanding of each and then returned in November to continue the conversation. At that time, staff members were invited to read Tom Rath’s book, Are You Fully Charged, and partake in book discussions. More than 100 staff members accepted the Fully Charged book challenge throughout the winter, with more continuing discussion taking place in May. In addition to the book conversations, one ambassador from each of our schools committed to complete Louis Alloro’s Positive Psychology certification course. These mindfulness ambassadors and others formed the CSD Culture Club to focus on infusing mindful practices and actions into our buildings and beyond.


For Mindfulness Month, the ambassadors have designed programming for all stakeholders—parents, students, teachers—introducing folks to mindfulness with scientifically informed tools and strategies to eleviate stress and increase wellbeing.


Please be aware of the following events particularly for parents/guardians:

* May 11 Positive Parenting Workshop 10-11:30 am OR 7-8:30 pm (Admin. Bldg., Rm 102)

* May 18 Mental Health + Wellness Fair 6:30 pm (Admin. Bldg. Main Auditorium)

* May 19 Mindful Technology Usage Presentation 7 pm (Elkins Park School)


We also have activities planned with our students, particularly around an idea of being fully charged. A special exercise with our elementary students will be around the book The Rechargeables. Tom Rath, the author, provides research to show the importance of managing our energy by eating well, getting good sleep, ample exercise, meaningful interactions, and building high quality connections (yes there is a science to this)!


Middle and high school students will watch Happy, the film. Research is showing happiness is a skill one can cultivate as a strategy for becoming more successful. (If you’d like to see the movie you can get it on Netflix; it’s a good film to watch as a family.)


Also, please remember that the first week of May is teacher appreciation week. Let’s be mindful to acknowledge the many amazing educators we have in our district.


Sincerely,

Dr. Cheryl Horsey

Director of Student Services

POSITIVE PARENTING MESSAGE FROM MEETING PRESENTER LOUIS ALLORO

May 11 Positive Parenting Workshop 10-11:30 am OR 7-8:30 pm (Admin. Bldg., Rm 102)


If you’re like most parents/guardians, you probably worry about your children: Are they getting along? Doing well? Safe? Happy? The list of things to worry about could be endless. While being a parent/guardian may seem like an upward battle, especially with no “play book” to follow, the teachings of Positive Psychology, the science of human wellbeing and flourishing, can help you navigate rough and uncertain waters. With robust research on strengths, resilience, mindfulness, and motivation, there is really not a topic covered in this emerging science that does not have some relevance to child development. Join us for a workshop where you’ll learn some evidenced and strengths-based tools and strategies that can leave you feeling more empowered as a parent.
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UPCOMING SCHOOL BOARD COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Facilities Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 3rd, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road Administration, Elkins Park PA Admin. Building, Room 119

AGENDA

Master Plan / Five Year Facilities Plan

Cedarbrook Construction Update

Financial Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 3rd, 8pm

2000 Ashbourne Road Administration, Elkins Park PA Admin. Building, Room 119

AGENDA

2015-2016 Budget Update

Food Service- Review of Year

2016-2017 Proposed Final Budget


***start time is immediately following Facilities Committee Meeting

CHS STUDENTS PRESENT AT ECONOMIC FORUM

On April 27th, CHS's Students for International Awareness participated in the World Affairs Council's Global Economic Forum at Temple University. The group was led by Paige Kytzidis, who coordinated the development of the group's presentation on Large Scale Involuntary Migration. William Christensen, Emmett Deitcher, Christina Morton, Andrew Rutkowski, and Javier Moraleda participated as student delegates, with Javier Moraleda earning special recognition as Most Outstanding Delegate at the conclusion of the day's events.
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SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH FOR PENELOPE'S HEADACHE

On April 21st Cheltenham School District teacher, Cindy Goldberg launched her first children’s book, Penelope’s Headache (Tattle or Tell). The childrens' book was introduced to a crowd of more than one hundred, as Cindy Goldberg signed copies for students, families and community members past and present. Mrs. Goldberg donated part of her royalties to the Cheltenham School District Foundation (Joe Kircher Naming Rights). This foundation funds classroom initiatives that directly benefit children. In addition to hearing Penelope’s Headache (Tattle or Tell), the evening was filled with entertainment, treats and fun for all. Mrs. Jenny Hutton with her CHS singers and dancers entertained along with Mr. John Moran’s, EP Thunder Bucket Band. There were opportunities to win baskets and lots of hands on activities for the amusement of children, including a Mindfulness area where teacher Connie Meizinger taught strategies to help children decide what to do when tempted with tattling. The Penelope’s Headache (Tattle or Tell) launch raised over $900 for the Cheltenham School District Foundation. Penelope’s Headache (Tattle or Tell) is available through Amazon.com and all online booksellers. Mrs. Goldberg has just completed her second children’s book.


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WYNCOTE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS INSPIRED TO READ BY ARACADIA UNIVERSITY BASEBALL TEAM

This year, Wyncote Principal, Dr. Crystal Clark, began an initiative to encourage boys to discover a love of reading. On Friday, April 22 sixty eight Wyncote boys went to Arcadia University for lunch, a tour, and more. Several members of the baseball team led the boys around campus to see all that college life can offer and how reading leads to great things in life. They emphasized how important reading is in college life and for ball players in general. The boys ate lunch on campus and then headed over to Erny Field for some skills training and fun. The players broke the boys up into two groups and had batting practice and fielding instruction. They spent a great deal of time showing the boys the importance of hard work, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. The Wyncote boys left with smiles on their faces and dreams of going to college. One Wyncote participant was overheard saying, "This is even better than recess!" That is the highest form of praise in the elementary school world.

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FYI: CSD EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

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