Sunday, Oct. 20

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, Unified student-athletes participate in leadership summit, national merit semifinalists and commended scholars celebrated, juniors and seniors receive financial reality check, Student Services partners with CARing for Kids Foundation to distribute winter coats, and top videos of the week. In the News features Field Hockey juniors Megan Boyle and Kayla Sullivan. Need to Know Info includes calendar reminders, legislative board meeting live stream and archive, 2019-20 Board of School Directors guide, the upcoming week's athletics schedule, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

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Unified Student-Athletes Attend Youth Leadership Summit for Unified Champion Schools

CHS Unified student-athletes Kamille Burris, Lia Marquette, Swathi Murali and Rashaan West, and coach Tabatha Bray Gilbert participated in the unified youth summit “Choose to Include” this past Friday at North Penn High School.

The summit convened student-athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to learn about leadership and strategies for making a difference in their school communities through fun, highly interactive and energetic activities. For one of the team building icebreakers, participants created an outfit from toilet paper and Burris fashioned a prom dress. Read more>


National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Scholars Celebrated

The Counseling Department held a breakfast this past week for the Cheltenham students who were recognized as National Merit Scholarship commended and semifinalists. The eight commended scholars, who fell within the 96th percentile of SAT takers, include Naomi Aires, Aaron Blower, Emily Chao, Zachary Hoffman, Naja Hunter, Lou Liedtka, Serena Sohmen, Henry Sywulak-Herr. Nathan Kirschner, Christopher Luk, Nancy Sohlberg, Victoria Suarez and Jonathan Warsaw qualified as semifinalists and now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

Photo IDs | Front row (l to r): Christopher Luk, Nancy Sohlberg, Serena Sohmen, Zachary Hoffman, Victoria Suarez. Back row (l to r): Jonathan Warsaw, Nathan Kirschner, Naomi Aires, Aaron Blower, Emily Chao, Henry Sywulak-Herr, Naja Hunter, Lou Liedtka.


Juniors and Seniors Receive a Financial Reality Check

On Friday, Oct. 11, juniors and seniors participated in TruMark Financial Credit Union’s Financial Reality Fair, a unique opportunity for students to experience some of the financial challenges they will face when they start life on their own. The students identified a career and starting salary and launched into an interactive budgeting exercise wherein they had to pay for basics like housing, utilities, transportation, clothing, and food, in addition to some not-so-basics like entertainment and travel. Read more>


Student Services Partners with CARing for Kids Foundation to Distribute Winter Coats

With winter fast approaching, the Cheltenham School District received 150 coats from the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia-Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation to disperse to families in need. Thank you to Faulkner Nissan of Jenkintown for facilitating the shipment of coats ranging from size 4 through adult small/medium. District social workers and school counselors will work together to identify students who can benefit from a new coat. Contact Elementary Home & School Visitor/Social Worker Jen Mosher (215-881-6331, jmosher@cheltenham.org) or Secondary Home & School Visitor/Social Worker Jessica Keene (215-517-1344, jkeene@cheltenham.org) if you or someone you know are in need of a coat.

Top Videos of the Week

JWR Culture and Resource Center Opens

The new Joseph W. Rodgers (JWR) Culture and Resource Center (formerly the JWR Library) held a soft opening this week, opening doors to students and staff at Cheltenham High School. More furniture and books are on order. Take a look inside the 3,000-square-foot, student-centered space replete with soft seating, glass-covered, private study rooms, sub-dividable classroom space, reference desk, technology helpdesk and an office set against a backdrop of soothing yellow and gray hues. A glass wall looks out onto the high school courtyard and provides excellent light.


CES Character Parade 2019
Cheltenham Elementary students strutted their best and beloved storybook character costumes Friday morning at the school's annual Character Parade.
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Junior Field Hockey defenders Megan Boyle and Kayla Sullivan were highlighted on Philafieldhockey.com for ranking first and 10th, respectively, in the region in defensive saves. Through 14 games, Boyle has 26 defensive saves, an average of 1.86 per outing. The second-ranked defender is averaging one defensive save per game. Sullivan is averaging .57 over her 14 games. Read more>

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Calendar Reminders

Schools are closed on Tuesday, Nov. 5 for Election Day.

Monthly early dismissals are generally the second Wednesday of the month. In November, however, the District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Nov. 13. 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.

K-8 schools have early dismissal on Monday, Nov. 25 for parent-teacher conferences. Schools will dismiss at the following times:

  • Cedarbrook Middle School | Noon
  • K-6 schools | 1 p.m.

K-8 schools have no classes on Tuesday, Nov. 26 for parent-teacher conferences.

CSD has no classes on Wednesday, Nov. 27 for parent-teacher conferences.

All District schools and offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving break.

For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


Legislative Board Meeting Live Stream and Archive

The Cheltenham School District is engaged in a live stream pilot with its legislative meetings in an effort to broaden its reach and include more individuals in the governance process. The Monday, Oct. 7 meeting was live streamed and has been archived at www.cheltenham.org/boardmeetingvideos. The Tuesday, Nov. 12 legislative board meeting can be viewed online at cheltenham.org/stream. The broadcasts generally begin at 7 p.m. For those still interested in watching on television, the meeting will still be broadcast on Channel 42/Verizon 1960. View the archive>


2019-20 Board of School Directors Guide

With the November 5 election fast approaching, please take the time to read what being a school board member is all about in the 2019-20 Board guide. Five of the nine seats on the CSD Board of School Directors are up for election.


This Week's Athletic Schedule

Friday, Oct. 25

Boys / Girls Cross Country, District One Championships @ Lehigh University, 9:30 a.m.

Football v. Wissahickon, 7:30 p.m.

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

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Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 24th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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UPG Meeting

Monday, Oct. 28th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

"Meet the Candidates" for school board night.

Facilities/Financial Affairs Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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SEAC Meeting | Deep Dive Into IEPs: A Parent Workshop

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 6:30-8pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Hosted by SEAC and led by the PEAL Center, this workshop will address the more detailed elements of IEPs. Delve deeper into understanding your role as a parent/guardian in the special education process and how you can be a more effective advocate for your child. This is a great resource for parents and caregivers who are familiar with the overview of the IEP process, but you do not need to attend the introduction workshop to attend this event. This workshop is open to the public, and participants are encouraged to bring questions.
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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)