#ThisIsCheltenham

Sunday, Sept. 29

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, Unified student-athletes to serve as honorary football captains, EP bake sale for Dorian relief and CHS environmentalists save a tree. In the News includes climate strike- and football-related stories. Need to Know Info includes calendar reminders, Calendar Committee date, the upcoming week's athletics schedule, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.


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Unified Student-Athletes to Serve as Honorary Football Captains

Unified Track and Field student-athlete Olivia Daniels served as the honorary captain at the Friday, Sept. 20 football game between the CHS Panthers and Quakertown Community High School Panthers.


As the first honorary captain for this new tradition, Daniels entered the field alongside CHS Panthers, was introduced to the fans, facilitated the coin toss and enjoyed the game in her commemorative t-shirt from a special viewing area. Each honorary captain will also work with peers in general education classes to be their "buddies" for the event.


Daniels received the opportunity as the result of a partnership between the CHS football team and Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA), a Richboro, Pa.,-based nonprofit with the mission of connecting local special needs student-athletes with mainstream student-athletes in a spirit of friendship for their mutual benefit and inspiration. Read more>

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EP Bake Sale for Dorian Relief

Illustrating for students that even the smallest, most local philanthropy effort can make a huge difference, Elkins Park School students raised $573.65 at a recent bake sale, with the proceeds going toward Bahamian families impacted by the destruction of Hurricane Dorian through Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen. Read more>


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CHS Environmental Club Saves a Tree

At its first meeting of the school year, the CHS Environmental Club worked together to rescue the Japanese Maple in front of school. The students removed and safely disposed of 183 bagworms from the withering tree. Bagworms are actually caterpillar cocoons containing females who can lay up to 300 eggs. Come spring, those eggs would have hatched into moths which would have killed the tree by feeding on its leaves. Keep a lookout to see the rejuvenation of the tree as the year goes on!

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CHS Principal Dr. Renato Lajara was quoted in the Saturday, Sept. 21 Philadelphia Inquirer about students participating in the previous day's Climate Strike. Read more>


CHS students Atara and Eden Saunders and Camille Edelson were interviewed about their participation in the Friday, Sept. 20 climate strike on KYW Newsradio. Read and listen more>


Through online voting, the Panthers football game Friday at Upper Dublin High School was selected as CBSPhilly's FRIDAY FOOTBALL FRENZY game of the week. Watch highlights>

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Calendar Reminders


  • District schools and offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 30 for Rosh Hashanah.
  • District schools will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 1 for Rosh Hashanah.
  • Please note the October Legislative Board meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 7.
  • District schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 9 for Yom Kippur.



Monthly early dismissals are generally the second Wednesday of the month. In October, however, the District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Oct. 16. 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.

For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


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Calendar Committee Meetings

Families are invited to hear insights into the "Start of School" policy under consideration. The policy calls for formalizing the start of school with regard to when Labor Day falls. Seeking to bring context and clarity to the conversation, Administration encourages family input which will be shared with the board of school directors. The final meeting is Friday, Oct. 4 from 10 - 11 a.m. at the CSD Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park).


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New Family Portal on Cheltenham.org

Check out the recently launched Family portal on Cheltenham.org. Find most anything a family would need all in one location. From board agendas and the CSD mobile app to parent/guardian groups and online payments, it's all at your fingertips. Check it out>


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This Week's Athletic Schedule

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Field Hockey @ Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

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

Girls Tennis @ Bensalem, 3:30 p.m.

Boys/Girls Cross Country v. Wissahickon and Plymouth-Whitemarsh @ Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball v. Souderton, 5 p.m.

Girls Soccer @ Upper Dublin, 7 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 3

Girls Volleyball @ upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 4

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

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

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

Football v. Plymouth-Whitemarsh, 7 p.m. HOMECOMING


Saturday, Oct. 5

Boys/Girls Cross Country, Salesianum (Del.) Invitational, 1 p.m.


Monday, Oct. 7

Field Hockey v. Hatboro Horsham, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer v. Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball v. Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer @ Wissahickon, 7 p.m.


For more on Panther Athletics, visit www.cheltenhampanthers.org.

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Facilities/Financial Affairs Committee

Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

SEAC Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 6:30-8pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Meeting is in the Learning Commons.

Calendar Committee Meeting

Friday, Oct. 4th, 10-11am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Families are invited to hear insights into the "Start of School" policy under consideration. The policy calls for formalizing the start of school with regard to when Labor Day falls. Seeking to bring context and clarity to the conversation, Administration welcomes input from families, which will be shared with the board of school directors.

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Monday, Oct. 7th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

CAAA Meeting

Monday, Oct. 14th, 6:30pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Educational Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Agenda

CHS Courses

Calendar Recommendations

Challenge Program Flexible Grouping Criteria

Meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers

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School District Flyers (Click to enlarge)

School-Related Fundraisers (Click to enlarge)

Community Flyers (Click to enlarge)

Township Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)