Cheltenham SD Weekly News Share

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Welcome to the CSD weekly News Share — a District recap of the recent week's top stories, updates, initiatives and NEED TO KNOW INFORMATION. Do you know a community member who would like to receive this directly? Invite them to visit our district website at and click on the eNEWS icon on the front page to register. #thisischeltenham
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CHS Art Students Create Portraits for the Memory Project

For the past eight years, now-retired CSD art teacher Mrs. Connie Berger made beautiful memories possible by incorporating the Memory Project into her curriculum. The nonprofit the Memory Project invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth from across the globe who face neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence and extreme poverty. Since 2009, Mrs. Berger has sent her one-of-a-kind, student-created portraits to Afghanistan, Rwanda, Nicaragua, India, Nepal, Madagascar and Syria. This year's project connected Cheltenham High School student-artists and more than 2,000 other student-artists around the world with youth in the Philippines. The Memory Project sent the District the following video, which shows the creation of the portraits and children receiving them. Watch>

CSD Ed Tech Expertise on Display at PETE&C

The educational technology expertise of Cheltenham School District staff teachers will be on full display at this year’s Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference February 11-14 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

“I’m excited to host what I think will be our most amazing conference ever,” said CSD Supervisor of Instructional Technology Brandon Lutz, conference president and program chair. “We have a tremendous line up of speakers and timely programs focused on technology in the educational field, a number of which Cheltenham staff will lead.” Read more>

EP Donation Drive for ACCT

Elkins Park's annual donation drive for Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) kicked off Thursday with an assembly in Kircher Hall. The school will be collecting towels, blankets, pet beds and other pet-related items over the course of the next month or so. Former EP teacher Betsy Conway spoke to the students about the importance of donating to those animals in need. ACCT members, accompanied by dogs Louie and Pete, spoke to the students as well.

Watch CHS Choir Perform A Cappella Version of "Somebody to Love"

PBL Students Meet with Health Professionals

On Friday, Jan. 12, Project Based Learning Biology Honors students met with Stephen Cella, M.D., EEG technician Ms. Jocelyn Harris and registered nurse Ms. Kari Owens to learn about body systems and the ailments associated with those systems. The students interviewed the medical professionals to write a collective introduction to each body system in the students' marking period 2 Biology project - a cookbook focusing on dietary needs of people with various diseases and disorders.

Glenside Students Learn Online Research Skills

In Glenside Elementary's Library class, second graders are learning how to use the online Britannica database to research specific animals. First, the students were introduced to the printed version of the encyclopedia, learning how to skim for facts, use headers, guide words then record details. The students advanced to learning how to navigate the database by scrolling, using search features, headers and bold text. Gathering facts from two sources is the first part of their research project.

English Language Learners Parent Workshop

Parents of English Language Learners (ELL) from Wyncote Elementary and Glenside Elementary met last week for ELL Parent Info Night. Staff members shared information about ELL’s learning goals, general classroom curriculum and ways for parents to become involved throughout the school year.


Hundreds of Cheltenham School District students, parents and community members gathered at the High School on Monday, Jan. 15 to commemorate the memory and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the District’s “Day On” service event. Read more> | Watch a video recap>

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Make Up Early Dismissal | Wednesday, Jan. 31

Because of the two-hour weather delay this past Wednesday, Jan. 17, the early dismissal slated for that day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 31. Dismissal times are as follows:

Elementary Schools: 2:45 p.m.

Elkins Park School 2:37 p.m.

Cedarbrook: 2:03 p.m.

Cheltenham HS: 1:25 p.m.

Cold and Flu Prevention Tips from School Nurse Coordinator Ms. Alex Knab

This year's flu and cold season has gotten off to a brutal start. Here are some tips to help keep your family safe and healthy:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw away the tissue after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are note available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, the CDC recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with other to keep from infecting them.

Stay Informed | Ed Affairs - Jan. 16

At the Educational Affairs Committee meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16, topics discussed included an update on the Curriculum Instruction Professional Development (CIPD) progress over the past year and proposed changes to the Cedarbrook schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. Please view the Ed Affairs presentations, CIPD and Cedarbrook Proposed Schedule Changes

Stay Informed | Climate and Culture Presentation

Community members, students and administrators gathered at Wyncote Elementary on Thursday, Jan. 18 for the latest Climate and Culture meeting. Mindfulness Coach Cindy Goldberg spoke about her work in more than 50 elementary school classrooms. Each of the District's seven principals and other administrators presented on progress made since the previous Climate and Culture Meeting in October and the work that continues to support a healthy climate and culture. View presentation slides>

EP Girls on the Run Team Seeks Coaches

The District seeks a four coaches for this spring’s EP Girls On The Run team. Coaches need to attend a weekday afternoon session starting around 4 p.m. at the Elkins Park track. No running experience required. GOTR will provide training. If you’re interested, visit the Girls on the Run website or call 215-540-0813 or email

Inclement Weather Information

The District’s decision to open or close schools because of inclement weather has a big impact on families. The District’s top priority is the safety of our students. Click through for helpful information regarding the District’s inclement weather procedures and notification system.

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Monday, Jan. 22nd, 8am

Township Building 8230 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027


Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, 8:30am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA


Monday, Jan. 29th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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