#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, November 30

In this week's #ThisIsCheltenham news share, PBL @ CBK, Mini Max recognition for senior gridder, All-Eastern Chorus selection for senior tenor, fall student-athletes garner all-league recognition, choir members qualify for district festival, parents workshop on a strengths-based approach to flourishing and "Pretty in Pig" winners announced; Need to Know Info; Upcoming meetings / events; and much, much more.


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Cedarbrook PBL Students Explore the Concept of Identity in Inaugural Exhibition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb0GyBJd30M&feature=youtu.be

Throughout the first marking period, Cedarbrook students participating in the project-based learning (PBL) program explored the concept of identity, asking questions about who they are and how others perceive them. These probing questions were integral to staging the school’s first PBL exhibition, which combined elements of design, building and storytelling and enabled students to share their identities with the Cheltenham community. Projects were completed under the direction of teachers Deb DiBattista, Isaac Stanford, Krystyn Sanborn, Omar Rose and Erin Gilbert. For more CBK PBL, visit @pbl7cbk on Instagram. Read more>

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Senior Gridder Marcus Winfield among 63 Statewide Mini Max Award Honorees

https://youtu.be/e8-gpKsWXMc

Senior Marcus Winfield, a stalwart on both sides of the line of scrimmage for the Panthers’ football squad, has been selected as one of 63 Pennsylvania Mini Max High School Award winners, Pennsylvania Maxwell Football Club President Mark Dianno recently announced. Honorees were nominated by their coaches throughout this past season and were evaluated based on criteria including football performance, academics and community service.


A defensive end and offensive lineman, Winfield was recognized earlier this month as a Suburban One League American Conference All-League player at both of those positions. As a defensive end this season, Winfield totaled 86 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, five pass breakups and three and a half sacks. As an offensive lineman, he paved the way for the Panthers offense which boasted all-league selections at every skill position. Read more>

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Senior Tenor Colin Polisano Selected for All-Eastern Chorus Festival

Fresh off starring in the high school’s fall play “A Servant of Two Masters,” senior tenor Colin Polisano was recently selected to perform in the mixed chorus at the National Association of Music Educators (NAfME) All-Eastern Chorus Festival in Pittsburgh, Pa., in April. Based on his work in district, regional and all-state chorus this past school year, Polisano is one of more than 780 of the most musically talented high school students in the eastern region of the United States selected to perform. Read more>

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Fall Student-Athletes Garner All-League Recognitions

Congratulations to all of the fall student-athletes who earned Suburban One League American Conference All-League recognition for their outstanding athletic performances, as selected by league coaches. Read more>

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Choir Members Qualify for District 11 Chorus Festival

Based on their auditions this past Saturday, Nov. 17 at Upper Merion High School, CHS Choir members seniors Rebecca Banner, Alice Fodor, Colin Polisano and Matt Ryan, junior Oren Schwartz and sophomores Caelan Donahue and Naomi Guth were selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 11 Chorus Festival February 7-9 at Wissahickon High School. Chosen from a pool of more 300 singers from across Bucks and Montgomery Counties, the singers prepared Handel’s “Sing unto God” and Bruckner’s “Os Justi” for their auditions. Read more>

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Parent Workshop and Book Club Kicks Off with “A Strengths Based Approach to Flourishing”

District parents and positive psychology teacher leaders joined CSD Mindfulness/Positive Psychology coach Cindy Goldberg on Tuesday for an interactive evening centered on the importance of focusing on children’s strengths, rather than noticing their weaknesses. The Strength Switch by Lea Waters, Ph.D., was the featured reading for the event, the first of three such workshops the Office of Student Services is sponsoring.

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“Pretty in Pig” Winners Announced

In October, the district partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Through the Komen "Pretty in Pig" program, district schools raised 740.44. Erika Wimms’ second-grade class at Myers class did an amazing job, collecting 107.05. At Glenside, third grade teacher Ryan Morrison’s class raised 78.02 and Ms. Stacy Epstein’s fourth grade raised $62. The 10 classrooms below raised the most money and will be invited to celebrate at a hot dog party - a “grillabration” - this spring.

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Calendar Reminders

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, Dec. 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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District Instagram Makes Public Debut

After spending the first few months of this school year populating the district’s Instagram account, it’s now ready for public consumption. For pictures and videos, follow @cheltenhamsd. Contribute to the ongoing conversation by sharing your #CSDimpact experiences on Instagram and tag @cheltenhamsd. We'll repost and share all the amazing things that happen in our schools and community each day.

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Stay Informed: November Education Affairs Committee Meeting

The November Educational Affairs meeting featured a data presentation covering curriculum audit results, standardized test performance for the past four years, district Future Ready PA results, professional learning data, holistic experiences update and a communications and engagement update. View the presentation>

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Honor a Special Educator with a CSD Foundation Tribute Card

Instead of a coffee mug or candle, why not honor your favorite CSD educators with a tribute card from the Cheltenham School District Foundation? Tribute cards are a meaningful way to acknowledge or thank teachers, administrators, coaches or staff; remember someone special as a gesture of condolence or memorial; or just because. You order and the foundation completes AND delivers your cards. Click to order cards, and at checkout, you will be asked for whom the card is intended, any message to include and who sent the card. For more information, view FAQ or contact Betsy Mckinstry.

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Check out These Cheltenham Township Winter Rec Programs

Cheltenham's winter recreation program brochure is now available online. Classes include dance, kids' cooking, adult exercise, open gyms, basketball, swimming, self-defense, kidnastics, special events and lots more. Register online>.
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UPG General Meeting

Monday, Dec. 3rd, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Board Reorganization Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Facilities/Financial Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 7-11pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Dec. 10th, 8am-12pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 7:45pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 18th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 19th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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