#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, September 14

In this week's edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share:


  • Premium items available at 5th annual Food Truck Jamboree's silent auction
  • Second grader's remarkable journey chronicled in picture book being launched at the CES Book Bash
  • Panther Academy summer school producing record results
  • Panther Pack Kicks Off
  • Cheltenham in the news
  • Calendar reminders and notes
  • The coming week's varsity athletics schedule
  • Character day
  • School and community flyers



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JT and 2019 Graduation Tix Highlight Silent Auction Items at CSD Foundation's 5th Annual Food Truck Jamboree

Justin Timberlake and 2019 CHS commencement tickets highlight a long list of items available for bid in the silent auction at the Cheltenham School District's fifth annual Food Truck Jamboree. Set for Saturday, Sept. 22 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Cheltenham High School, the Food Truck Jamboree is a community-building day with local musical talent, delicious food, kids’ activities, silent auction and dunk tank. This year's food trucks include tastes from around the world, including Mediterranean, Caribbean, soul food, Mexican, Turkish and more. Entertainment includes musical performances by the CHS a cappella groups, marching band and student and teacher artists and a dunk tank with participation by various CSD staff.


Downloadable Flyer>

Tickets are $3 and are available online>

Volunteer opportunities are available>

For additional information, visit www.cheltenhamsdf.org.

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‘Emmy Goes to Kindergarten’ Book Launch Featured at CES Back to School Book Bash on 9/28

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Born without fingers on her right hand because of a condition called symbrachydactyly, Cheltenham Elementary second grader Emmy Hoffman will celebrate the release of a second illustrated book chronicling her amazing journey at the CES Back to School Book Bash, which will feature the launch of “Emmy Goes to Kindergarten,” on Friday, Sept. 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from the sale of “Emmy Goes to Kindergarten” that evening will benefit Special Education at CES. Read more>

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Panther Academy Summer School Producing Record Results

This summer, students needing to recover credits at the Panther Academy produced record results. Nearly 83 percent of the enrolled students completed at least 90 percent of the course work. Of the students who completed 90 percent of the work online, 99 percent passed. Nearly 18 percent of the students received grades of 90 or more in courses such as Healthy Living, World History, Pre-Calculus, Geometry and United States History. Read more>

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Panther Pack Kicks Off Tonight!

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Calling all students between the ages of 5 and 12 and their parents/guardians who want to show their pride in Cheltenham Athletics! Prior to tonight's Panthers home game versus the Norristown Eagles, the Panther Pack (formerly Cub Club) is hosting its inaugural game day experience for future Panther student-athletes. Panther Pack perks feature a pre-game field goal-kicking contest, pretzels and photos with coaches, players, cheerleaders and Panther. Those interested should report to the football practice field at 6:15 p.m. Rain date for activities will be announced when/If necessary.


Led by district parents Brandi Millis, Cedarbrook boys basketball coach and a former CHS girls basketball player, and Terri Kelly, a Penn State graduate who’s seen the positive role that sports has played in her own boys’ lives, the Panther Pack seeks partnerships with local businesses. If you have Panther Pride and own a business, consider sponsoring the Pack. If you don’t own a business, you can still help spread your Panther Pride as a volunteer. Contact Brandi or Terri for more information.

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Panthers football and soccer player Justin Grady was a featured athlete this week on the Suburban One website. Read his profile>


The opening of the Elkins Park location of Rose Petals at Yorktown Plaza and its opening day fundraiser for Cheltenham Arts have received news media coverage from a number of sources:


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Calendar Reminders and Notes

  • Monthly early dismissals have been moved from the third Wednesday of the month to the second Wednesday of the month.

  • Schools and district offices are closed on Wednesday, Sept. 19 in observance of Yom Kippur.

  • CHS Back to School Night has been rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20 from 7 - 9 p.m.

  • Elementary School Back to School Night is Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.


  • Community Conversations on Climate, Culture and Equity are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4; Thursday, Jan. 3; Wednesday, April 3; and Wednesday May 29. All meetings will be held at Wyncote Elementary from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Please mark your calendars for these four important meetings.

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The Coming Week's Athletics Slate

Monday, Sept. 17

Girls Varsity Tennis @ Pennridge, 3:30 p.m.

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

Boys Varsity Soccer v. Hatboro Horsham, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Volleyball @ Hatboro Horsham, 6:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Soccer @ Hatboro Horsham, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 18

Girls Varsity Tennis @ Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Volleyball @ Bensalem, 3:45 p.m.


Thursday, Sept. 20

Girls Varsity Field Hockey @ Springfield, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Varsity Soccer @ Springfield, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Tennis @ Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Volleyball v. Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Soccer v. Springfield, 3:30 p.m.


Friday, Sept. 21

Girls Varsity Soccer v. Truman, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Varsity Tennis @ Upper Dublin, 3:30 p.m.

Football @ Quakertown, 7 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 22

Boy/Girls Cross Country @ Council Rock Invitational, 9 a.m.

Boys Varsity Soccer @ Roman Catholic, 7 p.m.


Full fall sports schedules can be found at www.cheltenhampanthers.org.

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Character Day - Wednesday, Sept. 26

With two weeks until the fifth annual Character Day on Wednesday, Sept. 26, CSD is inviting those interested in joining millions of people around the world in cultivating their own good character. CharacterDay.org offers free materials and information to make this a celebration at home and school. Character Day is the opportunity to begin noticing and developing your positive character traits and those of your children. We are all works in progress and we all process character strengths. Developing them helps us to thrive.

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Rose Petals Café to Open at Yorktown Plaza with "Pay-What-You-Want" Fundraiser Benefitting CSD Arts on Sept. 21

Five years after opening their first restaurant, Desmin and Jania Daniels, the husband-and-wife team behind the beloved Rose Petals Café in Germantown, are opening their second location this month in the Yorktown Plaza (Church Road and Old York Road, Elkins Park). The second Rose Petals Café opens with a "waffle cutting" featuring a 'pay-what-you-want' fundraiser that will benefit the Cheltenham School District’s arts programs on Friday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. View Rose Petals Café’s full menu>

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Township Fall Rec Brochure Now Available

The Fall Recreation Program Brochure from Cheltenham Township Parks and Recreation Department is now available online. Classes include kids cooking, adult exercise, open gyms, basketball, swimming, self-defense, kidnastics, theater, special events and lots more. Read brochure>

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CSDF Food Truck Jamboree

Saturday, Sep. 22nd, 2-6pm

500 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 25th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 26th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 27th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

World Languages Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 6:30-8pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Community Conversation on Climate, Culture and Equity

Thursday, Oct. 4th, 5:30-8pm

333 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

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District Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)

Community Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)