Sunday, Jan. 12

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, PBL11 receives grant, CBK students visit the Barnes, Wyncote hosts geobee, CES hosts wedding of Q+U and PBL11 publishes literary journal. "Need to Know Info" features calendar reminders, committee report, high school athletics schedule, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

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PBL Receives Grant for 1619 Project-Related Exhibition

CHS Social Studies Chair Mark Hoff has received a $2,000 grant from Teaching Tolerance for PBL11 to stage an exhibition related to the New York Times’ 1619 Project. PBL11 students are creating quilts focused on topics within the series of essays and developing an exhibition focused on 1619 Project’s lead essay. Students will display the work at the Black History Month celebration at Cheltenham High School on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The grant will support staging the exhibition, including the purchase of portable frames so the quilts can be taken to numerous community locations and elementary schools for short workshops. Read more>


CBK’s Beacon Leadership Program Students Visit the Barnes, View “30 Americans” Exhibition

This week, members of the Beacon Leadership Program visited the Barnes Foundation to experience the “30 Americans” exhibition, which highlights the incredible painting, sculpture and photography of 30 contemporary African American artists from across the country. From the canonical to the cutting-edge, these artists explore identity against a backdrop of pervasive stereotyping — of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class — addressing intersectional politics in unique and powerful ways. Read more>


Wyncote Hosts GeoBee

Nine Wyncote fourth graders entered this week’s National Geographic GeoBee and after several rounds of answering questions about United States states, world geography, environmental issues and habitat loss, Hannah Dreibelbis (pictured) came out on top, followed by Oliver Burnside and Trevonn Campbell. Read more>

CES Students Serve as Witnesses to the Wedding of Q and U

As part of a long-running tradition, kindergarten students at Cheltenham Elementary School learned about sound blending through the “wedding” of the letters Q and U, which is pronounced /kw/. Custodian Mr. TJ officiated the ceremony, while ESL teacher Ann Marie Tobar and counselor Susan Austin played the roles of bride and groom respectively.


PBL9 Publishes Literary Journal “The Future through Our Eyes”

Project Based Learning freshmen have published the literary journal “The Future through Our Eyes,” a collection of original student fiction, non-fiction and poetry now available on Amazon. Students selected one word they felt connected to their lives and wrote about the word and connection. Topics included everything from high school life to the world waiting beyond graduation. Read more>

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Calendar Reminders

Monthly early dismissals are generally the second Wednesday of the month. In February, the District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Feb. 12. 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 and offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of the Martin Luther King Day. The high school is hosting "Day On" activities from 9 a.m. - noon.

For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


Stay Informed: Facilities Committee Meeting

With board member Charles Burdell-Williams presiding, the Facilities Committee convened on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Director of Facilities and Maintenance David Teasdale delivered project updates for the high school, Cedarbrook, Elkins Park, each elementary school and Administration Building. Committee members were briefed about the Elkins Park AC upgrades, which will include adding power to support installing window AC units throughout the building, and a more robust implementation of SchoolDude, a software suite for educational institutions which streamlines maintenance management, facility usage, technology management and energy management. The committee meets next on Tuesday, Feb. 4.


High School Athletic Schedule

Monday, Jan. 13

Boys BB v. Malvern Prep @ West Chester University, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Boys & Girls Swimming @ Springfield, 3:30 p.m.

Boys BB v. Abington, 5:30 p.m.

Girls BB @ Abington, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Wrestling v. Wissahickon, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 16

Boys & Girls Swimming @ Wissahickon, 3:30 p.m.

Boys BB @ Upper Moreland, 7 p.m.

Girls BB v. Upper Moreland, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17

Girls Track, DVGTCA Meet 4 @ Lehigh University

Wrestling v. Lower Moreland, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 18

Girls Track, 25th New Balance Games @ The Armory, NYC

Girls Track, VA Showcase @ Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.

Boys Track, TFCAofGP Meet 5, Haverford College, 8 a.m.

Girls BB v. Conestoga, 3 p.m.

For more on Panther Athletics, visit www.cheltenhampanthers.org.
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CAAA Exec. Meeting

Monday, Jan. 13th, 6:30pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Cedarbrook Middle School

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 14th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Educational Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 21st, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA


Homework Committee

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 22nd, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Jan. 27th, 10am-12pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.
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School District Flyers (Click to enlarge)

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School-Related Fundraisers (Click to enlarge)

Community Flyers (Click to enlarge)