#ThisIsCheltenham

Sunday, Nov. 10

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, art students plow the way in PennDot contest, ceramics students donate artwork to Empty Bowl charity event, CBK Performing Arts mounts "She Kills Monsters," Simple Machines qualifies for quarterfinals at Ramp Riot XX, CSD Nurses head to Shriners Hospital for professional development and Panthers perform at State Cross Country Championships. "In the News" features stories about football-playing brothers Nate Edwards and Sam Sykes and Friday's football pep rally. "Need to Know Info" features calendar reminders, Homework Committee meetings, school start times workshops, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.


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Art Students Plow the Way in PennDot Contest

In September, a crane dropped off a gigantic yellow snow plow near Cheltenham High School’s flagpole entrance. Head scratching to some at first, observers eventually caught the (snow) drift of what was happening.


Over the next few weeks, senior art students Clarence Clark IV, Eliza Kim, Anhy Nguyen and Kyra Quigley painted an original, Cheltenham-inspired design on the plow blade as part of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) “Paint the Plow” contest. Read more>

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Cheltenham Ceramics Students Donate Artwork to Empty Bowl Charity Event

Approximately 80 Cheltenham High School art students have donated their original, stunning and functional ceramic bowls to be utilized at the 26th annual Empty Bowl charity event at Arcadia University on Monday, Nov. 11. The event will be held at Arcadia’s Grey Towers Castle (450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038) from 4:30 - 8 p.m., and intends to raise awareness around local and global hunger and homelessness. Read more>

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CBK Performing Arts Mounts the Award-Winning “She Kills Monsters” Nov. 14-15

With CHS, CBK and The University of the Arts alumnae Alison Ormsby directing, Cedarbrook’s performing arts group is mounting the award-winning ”She Kills Monsters” Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. Acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen authored the dramatic comedy as a look into the world of fantasy role-playing games. The New York Times claimed the play “... will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart.” Tickets available online at cbktheatre.org for $8 and at the door for $9. Read more>

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Simple Machines Qualifies for Quarterfinals at Ramp Riot XX

Congratulations to Cheltenham High School’s Robotics team Simple Machines (FRC 423), which qualified for the quarterfinals at this past weekend’s preseason, arena-style battle at Wissahickon High School’s Ramp Riot XX. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the competition included 31 schools from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, and utilized FIRST's 2019 game Destination: Deep Space, wherein competing alliances collect cargo pods on Planet Primus amid unpredictable terrain and sandstorms. Read more>

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CSD Nurses Head to Shriners Hospital for Professional Development Day

For Tuesday's professional development, Cheltenham's certified school nurses attended sessions at Philadelphia's Shriners Hospital for Children. The nurses expanded their knowledge about concussions, scoliosis, orthopedic injuries/sports medicine, bullying and much more.

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Panthers Perform at State Cross Country Championships

Two-time Suburban One American Conference Cross Country champion Janelle Williams competed in her third girls state championship this past Saturday and finished 52nd in a time of 19:49. Her time and place were her best efforts to date at the state meet. As a junior, she finished 54th in 20:38, and as a sophomore, she ran the course in 20:12 to come in 69th.


Competing in their first state meets, sophomore Zoe Matsinger completed Hersey’s Parkview Course in 146th place (20:57), while senior Kylan Willis claimed 119th in the boys race (17:19.30)

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On Thursday, Nov. 7, The Philadelphia Inquirer featured brothers Nate Edwards and Sam Sykes in a story about their sibling rivalry and mutual support and respect. Read more>


FOX 29's Bob Kelly was at Cheltenham High School Friday morning for the network's "Friday Football Faceoff" and pep rally in advance of the Panthers' home district playoff game against Unionville. Watch>

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Calendar Reminders

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>

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Homework Committee Meetings

The Homework Committee will convene three times at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park) in the next few months to review findings from this past spring's homework survey and develop recommendations about revising the homework policy for a presentation at the February Education Affairs Committee meeting. Following the Educational Affairs presentation, recommendations will move to the Policy Committee then to the board for an adoption vote. Dates and times are as follows:


  • Monday, Nov. 18 @ 10 a.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 9 @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 6 @ 10 a.m.

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Start School Later Workshop Spots Still Available

The national nonprofit Start School Later is hosting "Adolescent Health and School Start Times: Science, Strategies, Tactics, and Logistics," a workshop with experts from the sleep, health, change management and advocacy communities about the science of sleep and its connection to school start times. Proven strategies for successfully changing bell times and how to generate optimum community support and work through potential implementation challenges such as bus routes and athletic scheduling will be covered. Workshops are intended for school district personnel, as well as school board members, parents, guardians, health professionals and other concerned community members. ​Following the workshops, parents, community advocates, school staff, school board members and legislators are encouraged to participate in a breakout group focusing on lobbying, leadership and communication Strategies.


Report: “Sleep Deprivation in Adolescents: The Case for Delaying Secondary School Start Times" | More workshop information> | Register>


Clarion Hotel & Conference Center at Exton

815 Pottstown Pike, Exton, PA 19341

Thursday, Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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UPG Leadership Circle

Monday, Nov. 11th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Meeting will be held in Room 102.

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Educational Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents and tax payers. Click for more information>

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers. Click for more information>

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers. Click for more information>

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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)