Friday, Aug. 30

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, top stories include Glenside Elementary student featured on Lehigh Valley public television, back to school backpacks, CE's Aungst attends Keystones Technology Innovators Summit, Select Choir chosen to sing at annual Pennsylvania school leadership conference and EP's Marlowe appears on "PA Newsmakers." Need to Know Info includes calendar reminders, PowerSchool mobile app tutorial, pedestrian safety letter from CSD Transportation, new MOU, policy adoptions and equity statement, "Screenagers" screening, the upcoming week's athletics schedule, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

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GES Fourth Grader Featured on Lehigh Valley Public Television

Glenside Elementary fourth grader Keira was featured as the PBS39 Artist of the Month for August 2019! Drawing since she was 2-years-old, Keira is inspired by YouTube artists and remains undaunted after a mistake, a lesson she passes along to her younger twin brothers.

Each year, the PBS39 Artist of the Month gives 12 young artists in kindergarten through 12th grade from the station's viewing area the chance to be featured by PBS39 on air, on its blog, Facebook page and newsletter. The students' talents are celebrated at an art show/winners party in December. Student submissions include music, fine art, writing, digital media and performing arts.

August 2019 Artist of the Month | PBS39


Back to School Backpacks

CSD Home and School Visitor Jen Mosher worked with numerous organizations this summer to help CSD students in need begin the school year on the right foot. The Glenside Rotary (37) and Cradles to Crayons (100) donated backpacks filled with school supplies. The CSD Board of School Directors donated school supplies and much needed lunch bags, while the United Parent Group also donated backpacks.


CES Teacher Gerald Aungst Attends Keystone Technology Innovators Summit

Cheltenham Elementary’s Gerald Aungst (left front row) was one of about 100 educators from across the commonwealth who attended this summer’s weeklong Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology (PAECT) Keystones Technology Innovators (KTI) Summit at Shippensburg University.

The summit is a week-long event where teachers spend time working in cohorts, attending pedagogical and technology-driven workshops and building their personal learning networks. KTIs are creative, innovative teachers who embrace best practices and technology integration in their schools, and advocate the use of technology as a transformative tool to nurture the intellect, innovation, and imagination of students. Aungst was chosen through a portfolio-based application and for his demonstrated passion for education and technology. Read more>


Select Choir to Sing at Annual Pennsylvania School Leadership Conference

Congratulations to the CHS Select Choir, one of 10 groups from across the commonwealth selected to perform at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and Pennsylvania School Boards Association in Hershey, Pa., on Thursday, Oct. 17. The choir's membership includes more than 30 vocalists ranging from sophomores to seniors. This year’s conference marks the second consecutive to which Cheltenham was invited. Matt Hoy’s chamber orchestra performed at the 2018 conference.

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EP's Marlowe Appears on PA Newsmakers

Recent Pennsylvania State Education Association Educational Leader Award winner Lise Marlowe, a teacher at Elkins Park School, sat with G.Terry Madonna to talk about why Holocaust education is important in Pennsylvania's schools on Pennsylvania Newsmakers.

Pennsylvania Newsmakers 6/23/2019: State Budget Deliberations, and Excellence in Education
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Calendar Reminders

Schools and district offices are closed for the Labor Day recess on Monday, Sept. 2.

Monthly early dismissals are the second Wednesday of the month. The District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Sept. 11. 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.

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.

District schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 9 for Yom Kippur.

For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


PowerSchool Mobile App Tutorial

CSD would like to make several points of clarification regarding the PowerSchool app. Only parents/guardians of fifth- through twelfth-grade students need to access PowerSchool. Grade K through 4 parents/guardians do not have PowerSchool portals. Access codes were mailed home or sent home with your student, including returning and new students. If you do not know your student and/or parent access code, please contact your building secretaries, who have access to locate that information.

If you believe your account needs to be reset, contact database administrator Vicky Sanchez. As a reminder, here are the instructions for setting up the PowerSchool App.

  1. If you already have the app installed, delete it and reinstall.
  2. Download the app from your mobile store, there are iOS and Android versions.
  3. Open the app.
  4. Instead of putting in the current mobile district code, click "Where's My District Code"
  5. Afterwards, click on "Enter Server Address"
  6. Enter https://powerschool.cheltenham.org as the server address.
  7. Students and parents should then be able to enter current access information via the login screen.
PowerSchool App Login Video


Pedestrian Safety Letter from CSD Transportation

Dear Cheltenham Families,

We’ve completed our first week, and, for the most part, I must commend our students for following or adhering to our rules and procedures when riding our buses. Encourage your student(s) to keep up the good work and continue to improve where needed! While we’ve communicated about expectations surrounding bus behavior, walking to and from the bus and/or school is another just as important area of focus. Read more>


New Memorandum of Understanding

Click through to read the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the Cheltenham Township Police Department, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Montgomery County Detective Bureau and Cheltenham School District.

Through this agreement, parties seek to foster a relationship of cooperation and mutual support and to maintain a safe school environment. The MOU establishes procedures to be followed when certain incidents occur on school property, at any school-sponsored activity, or on a conveyance as described in the Safe Schools Act (such as a school bus) providing transportation to or from a school or school-sponsored activity. The MOU does not cover incidents outside those school settings and create no substantial disruption to the learning environment.


Equity Statement

Thank you to the parents who attended several meetings this past school year to assist in finalizing the district’s equity statement. The statement will now be used to support the school board in writing and implementing an equity policy for the 2019-20 school year. Read the equity statement>


Policy Adoptions

At its August 13 legislative meeting, the CSD Board of School Directors approved the following policies and associated administrative regulations:


Family Tech Talk / Film Screening

On Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9:30 a.m. - noon, Wyncote's Calvary Church is hosting a "Family Tech Talk" that will include a showing of the documentary "Screenagers" and discussion for parents and young people to learn about navigating the digital age. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at http://calvarywyncote.com/family-tech-talk/. The award-winning film delves into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how parents/guardians can help children navigate the digital world. Synopsis> | Trailer>


This Week's Athletic Schedule

Friday, Aug. 30

Boys Soccer @ George Washington, 3:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 3

Boys Soccer v. New Foundation Charter, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer @ New Foundation Charter, 3:30 p.m. @ Fluehr Park

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Field Hockey @ Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

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

Girls Soccer @ Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball @ Quakertown, 3:30 p.m

Girls Tennis @ Abington Friends, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 5

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

Friday, Sept. 6

Field Hockey v. Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.

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

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

Girls Tennis v. Central, 3:45 p.m.

Football v. Abington, 7 p.m. Rivals Unite "FTK"

Girls Volleyball @ Souderton, 7 p.m.

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

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Facilities / Financial Affairs Committee Meetings

Tuesday, Sep. 3rd, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

Special Education Alliance of Cheltenham Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 5th, 6pm

500 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Cheltenham African American Alliance Executive Meeting

Monday, Sep. 9th, 6:30pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 10th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

Cheltenham African American Alliance Meet & Greet

Friday, Sep. 13th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Special Education Alliance of Cheltenham Playground Social

Saturday, Sep. 14th, 3-5pm

Wall Park, Elkins Park, PA, USA

Elkins Park, PA

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 26th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

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