#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, May 17

In this week's edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share, top stories include recognition for 2019 retirees, overhead projector puppet shows, Unified Track and Field takes silver at MontCo Championships, Freshman’s Bar Mitzvah Project Benefits CHS Unified Sports and Life Skills, senior earns multiple medals at fencing championships, robotics rumble and Brazil Day at CBK.


"Need to Know Info" contains calendar reminders, rising senior portraits, Chromebook returns for seniors, administrative updates, summer voyage, final week of kindergarten registration, athletics schedules, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.


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District Retirees Recognized at Legislative School Board Meeting

The district celebrated this year’s cohort of retirees at the Tuesday, May 14 Legislative School Board Meeting. Following a retirees reception at the Administration Building, representatives from Wyncote, Cedarbrook, Elkins Park, Myers, Glenside, CLASP, Facilities and Administration lauded their colleagues for their hard work and dedication to the district and its students for their many years of service. Retirees received citations from the board in recognition of their time with the district. Read more> | Full list of 2019 retirees>

https://youtu.be/vEQZETSqntI

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CBK Workshop Teaches Students to Create Cinematic Puppet Shows with Overhead Projectors

On Thursday, May 16, Sarah Fornace, one of the artistic directors of the Chicago-based Manual Cinema, conducted workshops for seventh-grade PBL Social Studies students in Isaac Stanford’s class about how to create cinematic shadow puppet shows with old-fashioned overhead projectors. Fornace concentrated on showing the students the narrative possibilities of cinematic shadow puppetry. Students learned about the different types of shots (close up, medium, tracking, over the shoulder) and terminology (motif, puppet, show versus tell) they will need to employ while working collaboratively to create their own “movies” about Brazil, the country they are studying. The students had the opportunity to create slideshows based on direction from Fornace.
https://youtu.be/1jyFEWSOKf8

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Unified Track and Field Takes Silver at MontCo Championships

The Unified Panthers took second place Thursday at the annual Montgomery County Unified Track and Field Championships at Souderton. At the largest Unified track and field meet in Pennsylvania, the Unified Panthers faced Souderton, Lower Merion, Methacton, North Penn, Abington, Spring-Ford, Springfield and found themselves on the winners stand for the third time in four years. In the program's four years, the Unified Panthers have earned two silver medals and a bronze medal.


"The students on this year's team embrace the saying 'Play Unified and Live Unified.' They support each other at the track and in the hallways of the high school," said coach Gus Ekhardt.

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Freshman’s Bar Mitzvah Project Benefits CHS Unified Sports and Life Skills

CHS freshman Matthew Shuster presented the school board with a check for $800 to support unified sports and life skills classes at the high school at Tuesday evening’s legislative meeting. The fundraising venture served as his bar mitzvah project and raised money through partnering with Sprinkles Ice Cream Shoppe in Elkins Park. Read more>

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Senior Earns Multiple Medals at Inaugural Philly High School Fencing Championship

Representing Cheltenham with her gold and blue socks, senior Afwe Griffin took second in the sabre and bronze in the epee to become one of two multiple medal winners at the recent inaugural Philly High School Fencing Championship. Read more>

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Robotics Rumble at the High School

Students in Joe Lennon’s Robotics class at CHS are getting ready to rumble after working in small groups to build their Clawbots from VEX EDR robotics kits. Now that the robots are constructed, groups are preparing for head-to-head competition with other groups for classroom domination. Three points are awarded for placing the ball in the hole, and one point for placing it in the open box.

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CBK Students Celebrate Brazil Day

Cedarbrook seventh graders enrolled in Isaac Stanford’s Social Studies class experienced the dynamic cultural experiences associated with the Land of the Palms at this past week’s Brazil Day celebration. Students enjoyed performances by capoeira dancers, the band Minas Brazil, and drank Guaraná Brazilian soda and ate pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) from Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse in Northeast Philadelphia. The program was made possible by a generous grant from the Cheltenham School District Foundation and student contributions.

https://youtu.be/l4qvxn-suI0
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Calendar Reminders

School will be closed on Tuesday, May 21 for staff professional development. Offices will be open.

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End of 2018-19 School Year Calendar Set


It's OFFICIAL ... End of the 2018-19 school year is set.

Graduation is Thursday, June 6 at 6:45 at La Salle University.


Final student day is Thursday, June 13, and schools will dismiss at the following times:

Cheltenham High School: 9:45 a.m.

Cedarbrook Middle School: 10:30 a.m.

Elkins Park School: 10:30 a.m.

K-4: 11:30 a.m.


Staff have professional development on Friday, June 14.


In service day on Monday, June 17 is the final teacher day.

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Portraits for Rising Seniors

Yes, it’s that time already. Members of the Class of 2020 begin sitting for their yearbook portraits May 28-31. A notification card with student appointments will be mailed home approximately two weeks prior to the photo session. Click for information. Call 800-687-9327 with questions.

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Important Information for Seniors about Chromebooks

All CSD-issued Chromebooks need to be returned before seniors receive their cap and gown to participate in graduation. Please read these instructions for the collection of your CSD issued Chromebook and charger.

Collection Dates: Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29

Place: Outside of the Senior Cafeteria

Time: All Lunch Periods

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May Administrative Updates

Read the latest developments from the Administration Building. This information has been collected from CSD administrative departments and reflects updates on key programs, priorities and initiatives. Items specifically related to the progress of Cheltenham’s strategic plan, "Five Pathways, One Destination," are noted along with specific plan pathways. Read the updates>

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Open School Board Seat Notification & Application Process

The Board of School Directors of the Cheltenham School District is seeking applications to fill an opening on the School Board due to board member relocating out of the district. All applicants wishing to be considered must submit the information and responses listed below no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019. Click for more information on the application process>

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF3p8Nw1-QE

Summer Voyage “Taking Flight”

Cheltenham School District will sponsor the 2019 Summer Voyage program “Taking Flight,” where rising second through sixth graders can explore the history of flight, its social and cultural impact on societies across the globe, engineering and design of various aircraft, and design of their own flight innovations. Pennsylvania-certified teachers will lead students through a project-based learning model as they exercise their curiosity, creativity, collaboration and critical-thinking skills in various activities. More information and registration>


Who: Rising second through sixth graders

When: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., July 8 - 12, July 15 - 19 and July 22 - 26

Where: Cheltenham Elementary School

How Much? $220 per week / $550 for all three weeks

More information and registration>

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Kindergarten Registration and Screening for the Class of 2032

Kindergarten registration and readiness screening for the 2019-20 school year runs through Thursday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park). Children must be a Cheltenham Township resident to register, and be 5-years-old on or before September 1, 2019, to attend kindergarten this coming school year. For questions or assistance scheduling an appointment, contact CSD Registrar Kate Shevlin at 215-881-6322.

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Athletics Schedule

Friday, May 17

Boys / Girls Track & Field @ District 1 Championships, Coatesville, 9 a.m.


Saturday, May 18

Boys / Girls Track & Field @ District 1 Championships, Coatesville, 9 a.m.


For more sports events and activities, visit CheltenhamPanthers.org.

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Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 22nd, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 23rd, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Educational Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, May 28th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Community Conversations on Climate, Culture & Equity - CANCELED

Wednesday, May 29th, 5:30-8pm

333 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Please be advised this meeting is being rescheduled. The new date and time have not yet been set, but the public will be notified once a date has been confirmed.
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District Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)

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Community Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)