#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, January 11

In this issue of #ThisIsCheltenham, Community Conversation on Climate, Culture and Equity, CBK Eighth Grader Isabella Rey Publishes “Tibiri’s Adventures,” CBK's Bey Takes Middle School 400-Meter Title, Earns Semifinal Berth in Colgate Women's Games, December Students of the Month, need to know info, upcoming meetings / events; and much, much more.


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Community Conversation on Climate, Culture and Equity

Equity, access and opportunity drive the District's work to ensure the eradication of the pervasive and inequitable outcomes in student achievement, results and performances. To that end, the Cheltenham School District hosted its second Community Conversation on Climate, Culture and Equity on Thursday, Jan. 10 at Wyncote Elementary. At the meeting, principals shared ongoing positive practices and programs that continue to improve climate and culture in all of the schools in our district. The group continued its dialogue on equity: What does it mean? How is it defined? What does it mean for our community and what is its impact? Below, are the evening's presentations for review. The District looks forward to the next meeting on Wednesday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Wyncote Elementary and also creating ways in which to draw a larger portion of community into the conversation.


CSD Climate and Culture Presentations - Jan. 10>


Dr. Robert Jarvis Presentation>

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CBK Eighth Grader Isabella Rey Publishes “Tibiri’s Adventures”

An award-winning student and accomplished playwright, Cedarbrook eighth grader Isabella Rey recently published “Tibiri’s Adventure,” an 80-page book originally penned as a play at the request of her godfather when he asked her to write a play about his dog Tibiri. The book is available in paperback and Kindle.


According to Amazon, “Tibiri is a dog who lives happily in Miami with his human companion. One day he accepted the race challenge on the street without his collar… and he got caught by the dog pound. Without knowing how, he woke up in North Carolina where he began an adventure that would take him to meet great friends in New York. What great ploy will they make for Tibiri to return home?” Read more>

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CBK's Bey Takes Middle School 400-Meter Title, Earns Semifinal Berth in Colgate Women's Games

Cedarbrook eighth grader Eyota Bey won the last of four 400-meter preliminary races over the past month to claim the Middle School 400-meter cumulative title at the Colgate Women’s Games, the nation’s largest amateur track and field series for women. Bey won three of the four preliminaries, running 1:00.12, 58.99, 1:01.08 and 59.97 to earn her spot in the semifinals Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Pratt Athletic Recreation Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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December Students of the Month

Ten students have been acknowledged as December’s Students of the Month for academic excellence, leadership and character growth in Unified Arts and Health/Physical Education. Congratulations to (left to right) Dalonese Love, Abby Tabas, Kelley Ilin, Zoe Matsinger, Alanah Jones, Crystal Leonard, Anyae Wilson-Worley, Carissa Dorley and Brandon Hartwell. (Not pictured: Ben Soboloff) The students will receive recognition at a breakfast for all first and second marking period student of the month honorees. Read more>

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Calendar Reminders

Monthly early dismissals have been moved from the third Wednesday of the month to the second Wednesday of the month. The District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Feb. 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.


Schools will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18 for Presidents Day.

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Stay Informed: January Facilities Committee Meeting

The Facilities Committee meeting met on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Proposed changes/updates to the facilities use policy 707 and associated AR were discussed. View the presentation for more details>

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Class of 2020 Hosts “Share the Love” Craft Fair

The Class of 2020 is hosting its second “Share the Love” craft fair on Saturday, Feb, 2 from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. in the CHS Cafeteria. The event will feature local vendors, food, raffle baskets and music. Vendor spots are $15, and school-related vendors like clubs or groups are $10. Payment can be made in cash, check (made out to “Class of 2020”), or online. The Class of 2020 also seeks donations for raffle baskets and food items/supplies. If you are interested in purchasing a vendor spot or donating, contact Arielle Brown or Johanna Cella. Snow date is Saturday, Feb. 9 at the same time and location.

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Sound Off: District Launches Branding Survey

The Cheltenham School District wants to hear from you. CSD is conducting this survey in partnership with The Pennsylvania State University - Abington College with the intent of better understanding the community perceptions of the district.


If you live within the Cheltenham School District, your input will be invaluable in our efforts to guide communications and branding efforts moving forward. Whether you have, had, will have or never had students attending our schools, please make your voice heard by participating in the survey.


Your responses are completely anonymous, and Penn State Abington will generate a summary report of the survey findings. Your data will not be used for any other purpose. The survey will take between 4-7 minutes.


To take the survey, visit www.cheltenham.org/brandingsurvey. If you have questions, comments or concerns, contact Kevin Kaufman, CSD Director of Communications, at 215/881-6325.


Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

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Parent Workshop & Book Club

Join Cindy Goldberg and a team of Positive Psychology teacher leaders on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park) to explore ways to help children identify their strengths and flourish in school, at home, and in their lives. Three decades of research shows the advantages of taking a strengths-based approach for children and adults alike. Email cygoldberg@cheltenham.org to RSVP.

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Cheltenham Township Parks and Recreation Winter Programs

Don’t miss out on Cheltenham Township Parks and Recreation Winter programs for kids and adults. Register online or check the website for program and registration information. In person registration begins tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 12.

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Athletics Schedule

Friday, Jan. 11

Girls Basketball @ Springfield, 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball v. Springfield, 7 p.m.

Girls Track @ Lehigh University meet, 6:30 p.m.


Saturday, Jan. 12

Wrestling @ Academy of the New Church for Lions Duals , 9 a.m.

Girls Basketball @ Bensalem, 1:30 p.m.


Sunday, Jan. 13

Boys Track @ Lehigh University meet, 8:30 a.m.


Tuesday, Jan. 15

Coed Swimming v. Springfield, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball @ Abington, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball v. Abington, 7 p.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 16

Wrestling @ Wissahickon, 7 p.m.


Thursday, Jan. 17

Girls Track @ Virginia Showcase, Lynchburg, Va., 6 p.m.


Friday, Jan. 18

Girls Track @ Virginia Showcase, Lynchburg, Va.

Girls Track @ Lehigh University meet, 6:30 p.m.

Coed Swimming v. Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball v. Upper Moreland, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball @ Upper Moreland, 7 p.m.

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Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Jan. 14th, 10am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

UPG General Meeting

Monday, Jan. 14th, 7pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

**Please note this meeting will be held at Cedarbrook Middle School.

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 15th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 24th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Jan. 28th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Please RSVP to Maureen Jennis

World Languages Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 29th, 6pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Facilities/Financial Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Special Education Alliance of Cheltenham Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 7th, 7pm

400 Myrtle Avenue

PA

Rowland Community Center

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Feb. 11th, 10am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is for all Cheltenham residents. Please RSVP to Maureen Jennis at mjennis@cheltenham.org

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.
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