Friday, September 28

In this week's edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share:

  • Cheltenham Young Playwright Winning Work Selected for Staged Readings
  • CSD Foundation’s Fifth Annual Food Truck Jamboree Raises Hits the Spot
  • CBK Challenge Teacher Beth Kenna Receives STEM Research Grant
  • CSD Shows its Character
  • CHS Chamber Orchestra Keeping Exclusive Company
  • Panther Pack Homecoming Field Goal Kicking Contest
  • #GetClearedVolunteer
  • In the News
  • Need to Know Information
  • Upcoming Meetings / Events
  • School and Community Flyers

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Cheltenham Young Playwrights Winning Work Selected for Staged Readings

Three Cheltenham School District plays will be performed as staged readings for the Philly Young Playwrights’ SaturPlay event on October 6 at Smith Playground (3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia). This free event is for the whole family and features four short plays of mystery, magic and mischief written by Philadelphia-area students and brought to life by the Philly Young Playwrights (PYP) professional actors.

The plays include “Disagree to Agree” by EP’s Jemma Bleu Greenbaum; “The Secret Law” by Iris Dobeck, Simone Ellison-Metcalfe, Ingrid Kary and Jamie Taub, EP students who completed the play as Wyncote students; and “Super Secrets” by Cheltenham Elementary teacher Gerald Aungst’s third grade class from the 2017-18 school year. Chosen from more than 700 submissions from students in 40 different schools, each play won first place in the “elementary” category of the Philly Playwriting Festival.

Reservations can be made online. If you receive a "sold out" message when reserving tickets, contact PYP Resident Producer/Teaching Artist Jesse Bernstein. Read more>

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Four Conversations on Climate, Culture and Equity Scheduled for 2018-19

The District has scheduled four Community Conversations on Climate, Culture and Equity for the 2018-19 school year. Dates are Thursday, Oct. 4; Thursday, Jan. 3; Wednesday, April 3; and Wednesday, May 29. All meetings will be held at Wyncote Elementary from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Boxed meals will be served. Please mark your calendars for these four important meetings.


CSD Foundation’s Fifth Annual Food Truck Jamboree Raises Hits the Spot


With food trucks for every taste, a dunk tank featuring CSD teachers and administrators, kids’ activities and silent auction and raffle with fabulous prizes, the fifth annual Cheltenham School District Foundation's Food Truck Jamboree held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at CHS raised funds for innovative educator grants. According to event chair Tracy Brown and Foundation President Laura Baldwin, more than 1,000 guests of all ages attended the event.

The silent auction included more than 30 premium items, such as tickets to Justin Timberlake, 2019 CHS Commencement, and Philadelphia Union - Minnesota United, and a full week at LifeSeeds Day Camp and Cheltenham Township family pool membership for this coming summer. Including raffle items, such as gift cards from local dining, clothing and entertainment-related merchants, the silent auction raised $800 more than the previous year.

The foundation wishes to express its gratitude to the many benefactors, talented performers, families, students, township officials, teachers and administration who helped make this year’s event so successful. Unclaimed raffle prizes remain from the silent auction. Check your tickets and bring any winners to the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park) to claim your prizes.

Video soundtrack is "Ride" by Matt Ryan '19, featuring Marcus Vargus, T$AN.


CBK Challenge Teacher Beth Kenna Receives STEM Research Grant

Cedarbrook Challenge Consultant Beth Kenna has been named one of 24 educators across the country to receive a STEM Research Grant from the Society for Science & the Public, which will enable her to support students in conducting original scientific research. With the grant, Kenna plans to purchase science equipment, such as air quality meters and electronic sensors for her students to perform more accurate data collection. Read more>


CSD Shows its Character


On Wednesday, Sept. 26, CSD students and staff joined a celebration of the unique strengths which make people who they are as part of the fifth annual Character Day. An annual global event, Character Day brings together millions of people of all ages in schools, classrooms, companies, homes — anywhere people already gather — to engage in conversation and action around character (strengths like empathy, grit, gratitude, creativity and leadership). This year, more than 200,000 groups participated — that’s 15,000 schools and greater than 4 million people. Read more>


CHS Chamber Orchestra Keeping Exclusive Company


The CHS Chamber Orchestra has been selected to perform at the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, Oct. 18. At the urging of superintendent Dr. Wagner Marseille and music department chair Jenny Hutton, orchestra director Matthew Hoy submitted an application for what is being called a “spotlight on the best of the best of Pennsylvania’s public school students.” The orchestra is just one of 10 acts to be chosen. Read more>


Panther Pack Homecoming Field Goal Kicking Contest

Calling all students between the ages of 5 and 12 and their parents/guardians who want to show their pride in Cheltenham Athletics! Prior to Friday’s Homecoming game versus Upper Dublin, the Panther Pack (formerly Cub Club) is hosting a premium game day experience for future Panther student-athletes. Those interested in participating in a pregame field goal kicking contest are asked to RSVP to the Panther Pack’s Brandi Millis (brandi@trainwithbrandi.com) or Terri Kelly (terrihkelly@gmail.com) and arrive at the football field at 6:30 p.m. The first five contestants will receive a Cheltenham Football T-shirt, compliments of the Football Parents Association. Panther Pack perks also include pretzels and photos with coaches, players, cheerleaders and Panther.

The Panther Pack seeks partnerships with local businesses. If you have Panther Pride and own a business, consider sponsoring the Pack. If you don’t own a business, you can still help spread your Panther Pride as a volunteer. Contact Ms. Millis or Ms. Kelly for more information.


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Did you know CSD has a webpage with links to everything you need to #GetClearedVolunteer in any of our buildings? Visit cheltenham.org/volunteer. Establishing a connected and supportive school and home community is an important component to student success in school. Please reach out to our parent groups and consider being a volunteer this year. Enjoy this slideshow from Glenside Elementary's Volunteer Fair this past week. (Photo credit: Jami Leavitt)

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Cheltenham Elementary mom Jocelyn Hoffman, author of “Emmy Goes to Kindergarten," recently joined Fox 29's Karen Hepp for the segment 'Bizzy Mamas.' During the segment, Hoffman promoted the Back to School Book Bash at CE on Friday, Sept. 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. where her second book chronicling the amazing journey of her daughter, Cheltenham Elementary second grader Emmy Hoffman, will be launched. Proceeds from the sale of “Emmy Goes to Kindergarten” on Friday will benefit Special Education at CES.

Watch the interview>

Panthers running back Jamir Barnes and safety T.J. Harris have been named Sterling Limousine and Transportation First Star Players of the Week for their efforts in Cheltenham's 17-14 victory Friday at Quakertown. Read more>

The Philadelphia Inquirer included the Cheltenham Football team in a story about this season's "surprising" teams. Read more>

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Calendar Reminders and Notes

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, Oct. 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.

Schools are closed Monday, Oct. 15 for teacher professional development.


The Coming Week's Athletics Slate

Saturday, Sept. 29

Girls Varsity Volleyball @ Central Bucks South, North Penn

Monday, Oct. 1

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

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

Girls Varsity Volleyball @ Quakertown, 6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

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

Girls Varsity Field Hockey v. Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, Oct. 3

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

Girls Varsity Volleyball @ Souderton, 6:15 p.m.

Boys/Girls Varsity Cross Country @ Springfield and Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 4

Girls Varsity Soccer @ Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

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

Boys Varsity Soccer v. Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 5

Girls Varsity Field Hockey @ George Washington, 3:15 p.m.

Girls Varsity Soccer @ Penn Wood (500 Cobbs Creek Pkwy., Yeadon, PA 19050)

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

Football @ Plymouth Whitemarsh, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6

Girls Varsity Cross Country @ William Tennent Invitational

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


Buy a Student Activity Ticket and Save $134!

Students who purchase the a $45 2018-19 Student Activity Ticket (SAT) can save $134 on admission to school events. The SAT gains students admission to the fall play, home football games, 10 girls basketball games, 10 boys basketball games, and a $2 discount on Eastern Standard Theatre and spring musical production tickets. Purchase now>

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World Languages Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 6:30-8pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Facilities / Financial Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Community Conversation on Climate, Culture and Equity

Thursday, Oct. 4th, 5:30-8pm

333 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

UPG Meeting

Monday, Oct. 8th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Regular Legislative Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 7:45pm

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)