Sunday, Oct. 6

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, HS administrators "Kiss a Pig," students show well in Philly Young Playwrights and robotics team wins. In the News includes a clip from the "Kiss a Pig" event. Need to Know Info includes calendar reminders, board meeting streaming, new family portal, committee reports, the upcoming week's athletics schedule, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

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Drs. Lajara, Hammond “Kiss a Pig” for Financial Literacy

CHS Principal Dr. Renato Lajara and CHS Vice Principal Dr. Ben Hammond each took one for the team Thursday evening at the Abington Arts Center, planting a smooch on “Raines,” a 5-year-old potbellied pig as part of TruMark Financial Credit Union’s ninth annual “Kiss a Pig” financial literacy fundraiser. CHS DECA raised $1,500 in order to participate and is eligible for up to $5,000 in grants to support DECA’s financial literacy initiative, which includes the club’s Financial Literacy Fair on Friday, Oct. 11 at the CHS Gymnasium. Cheltenham High School was one of more than a dozen schools and organizations to participate in the “Kiss the Pig” event. Read more>


CSD Students Excelling with Philadelphia Young Playwrights

Students from Glenside and Cheltenham elementary schools received high marks in early September from the Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) for their creativity at its annual playwriting festival. During the 2018-19 school year, Gerald Aungst’s third grade class at Cheltenham Elementary wrote the play “Challenger’s Revenge,” which has been named one of just three elementary school-level plays to be performed at PYP’s second annual SaturPLAY! event on Saturday, Dec. 7 at a yet-to-be-determined location. Not to be outdone, select students from Tina Rodkey and Leslie Brock's classes at Glenside Elementary, who are now attending Elkins Park School, collaborated on the play “Chaotic Concert,” which was awarded second place in PYP’s 2019 annual playwriting festival. Competition was tough with more than 650 submissions from nearly 1,000 students from third through 12th grade. Read more>


CHS’ Simple Machines Wins 10th Annual girlPOWER Robotics Competition

This past weekend, the CHS robotics team Simple Machines (FRC423) formed an alliance with squads from Robbinsville and Mt. Olive high schools in New Jersey to win the 10th annual girlPOWER (Preparing Outstanding Women Engineers through Robotics) robotics competition at Mount Saint Joseph’s Academy. The event aims to expose robotics to new students, particularly girls. CHS students (left to right) Liza Kim, Venus Agbadan, River Somerville and Mia Weisman participated in the offseason event based on the DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE game from this past school year’s competition. Read more>


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CHS Principal Renato Lajara was featured on the "Kiss the Pig" segment on 6ABC this week. Watch the story>
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Calendar Reminders

  • Please note the October Legislative Board meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 7.
  • District schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 9 for Yom Kippur.
  • Schools will be closed for staff professional development on Monday, Oct. 14.
  • Schools are closed on Tuesday, Nov. 5 for Election Day.

Monthly early dismissals are generally the second Wednesday of the month. In October, however, the District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Oct. 16. 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.

For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


Legislative Board Meeting Streaming Pilot Starts October 7

In an effort to broaden its reach and include more individuals in the governance process, the Cheltenham School District will start a streaming pilot for all legislative board meeting beginning Monday, Oct. 7. The stream is available at cheltenham.org/stream.


CSD New Family Portal

New Family Portal on Cheltenham.org

Cheltenham School District has a new family portal for the 2019-2020 school year. Find it at cheltenham.org/familyportal. The enhanced and streamlined portal provides a one-stop shop for families looking for school district information, from board agendas and the CSD mobile app to parent/guardian groups and online payments. Watch the video for tips on navigating the portal.


Stay Informed: Communications Committee

The Communications Committee convened on Thursday, Sept. 26 with board vice president Joel Fishbein and board member Charles Burdell-Williams presiding. Topics covered included an update on the district’s social media properties, the 19-20 communications plan, PowerSchool Registration outreach and legislative board meeting streaming. Click through for an executive summary and presentation>


Stay Informed: Policy Committee

The Policy Committee met on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, and Policy 105 Curriculum Development was recommended for adoption at the Monday, October 7, 2019, legislative board meeting. In addition to a handful of line edits, the updated policy calls for the district to provide a language instruction educational program for English learner students whose dominant language is not English, and a provision about conducting educational pilot programs. Click through for an executive summary and presentation>


This Week's Athletic Schedule

Monday, Oct. 7

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

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

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

Boys Soccer @ Wissahickon, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Girls Tennis @ William Tennent, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Boys Soccer @ Hatboro Horsham, 3:45 p.m.

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

Girls Field Hockey @ Springfield, 7 p.m.

Girls Soccer v. Hatboro Horsham, 7 p.m. | Senior Night

Friday, Oct. 11

Girls Tennis @ Suburban One Doubles Tournament, 1:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball v. Bensalem, 3:30 p.m. | Senior Night

Girls Field Hockey v. Upper Merion, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer v. St. Basil Academy, 3:45 p.m.

Boys Football @ Hatboro Horsham, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Girls Tennis @ Suburban One Doubles Tournament, 1:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 14

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

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

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Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Monday, Oct. 7th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

CAAA Meeting

Monday, Oct. 14th, 6:30pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Educational Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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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.
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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)