Sunday, Dec. 22

In this week's edition of #ThisIsCheltenham, Jamir Barnes signs national letter of intent to play football at Monmouth, CES iLab teams with Vanguard for student Hour of Code workshops, seventh annual Lady Panthers alumnae game - January 4, CHS Student Council, Skills for Life Students donate toys to Easterseals, CSD Foundation receives $5K donation from Forst Foundation, and EP students gift Holocaust survivor plaque in honor of deceased siblings. "Need to Know Info" features calendar reminders, committee reports, high school athletics schedule, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.

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Jamir Barnes Signs National Letter of Intent to Play Football at Monmouth

One of the mainstays of the Cheltenham Panthers’ run to the Class 5A state final this season, Jamir Barnes has signed a national letter of intent to play football for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Monmouth Hawks in West Long Branch, N.J. Read more>


CES iLab Teams with Vanguard for Student Hour of Code Workshops

Through the Women’s Initiative for Leadership Success at Vanguard, employees from the Malvern, Pa.-based financial investment firm have been working with Cheltenham Elementary students on coding projects in the CES iLab. In a belated celebration of Hour of Code, this week, Vanguard Data Scientists Anna Radonjic and Kyle Mahady and Data Engineer Jamal Campbell worked with students in Mike Ferris’ third-grade class on Minecraft Voyage Aquatic challenges, which saw the students work in pairs (a driver and navigator) to “code” solutions to the challenges. Vanguard employees were at the school throughout the week, and almost every CES class had the opportunity to participate in the coding challenges. Read more>


Seventh Annual Lady Panthers Alumnae Game - January 4

Cheltenham High School Lady Panthers alumnae are giving cancer the full court press. Now in its seventh year, the Lady Panthers Alumnae youth clinic and game on Saturday, Jan. 4 at Cheltenham High School aim to support those who are fighting cancer and raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s Coach vs. Cancer program. Tipoff for the alumnae game is noon. Purchase game tickets ($10 each / $15 for 2)> | Clinic Registration> | Read more>


CHS Student Council, Skills for Life Students Donate Toys to Easterseals

For the second consecutive year, CHS Student Council partnered with Skills for Life for a toy drive supporting Easterseals of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Student Council collected funds from home rooms and bought presents at Target. Skills for Life students wrapped the presents which will be delivered to the EasterSeals Christmas party this morning.


CSD Foundation Receives $5K Donation from Forst Foundation

Lincoln Investment financial planners Lynn Craig, CFP, and Alexis Cain presented a giant $5,000 check on behalf of Lincoln’s Forst Foundation to the Cheltenham School District Foundation (CSDF) at the Tuesday, Dec. 10 legislative board meeting. The Forst family, owners of Lincoln Investment, established the Forst Foundation. CSDF will use these funds for student scholarships and innovative staff grants. This past year, CSDF awarded $8,500 in scholarships to 15 members of the CHS Class of 2019 and 33 grants totaling $25,252. Read more>


EP Students Gift Holocaust Survivor Plaque in Honor of Deceased Siblings

Elkins Park teacher Lise Marlowe's sixth grade class presented 93-year-old Auschwitz survivor Itka Zygmontowicz special plaque dedicated to the memory of her 11-year old brother Srulek and 13-year old sister, Syzl, who perished at the concentration camp on November 22, 1942. Read more>
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Calendar Reminders

Monthly early dismissals are generally the second Wednesday of the month. In January, the District has early dismissal on Wednesday, Jan. 8. 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.

Winter Break

Schools and offices will be closed the following days:

  • Monday - Wednesday, Dec. 23-25

  • Tuesday - Wednesday, Dec. 31 - Jan. 1

Offices will be open the following days:

  • Thursday - Friday, Dec. 26-27

  • Monday, Dec. 30

Schools and Offices reopen Thursday, Jan. 2.

For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>


Stay Informed: Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

The Educational Affairs Committee met on Tuesday, Dec. 17 with school director Pam Henry presiding and all school directors present. The agenda included three items: 20-21 school year calendar, challenge program and special education. More than 10 community members attended the meeting. Read more> | View presentation>

Stay Informed: Communications Committee Meeting

The Communications Committee convened Thursday, Dec. 19 with board members Joel Fishbein and Charles Burdell-Williams presiding and Tyrone Scott in attendance. The agenda included communications analytics, athletic marketing and naming opportunities. Read more> | View Presentation>


Stay Informed: Policy Committee Meeting

The Policy Committee convened on Wednesday, Dec. 18, and put forth four policies to be adopted at the Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, Legislative Board Meeting. Read more> | View Presentation>


High School Athletic Schedule

Friday, Dec. 27

Girls Indoor Track @ Marine Corps Holiday Classic, The Armory (NYC)

Wrestling @ Wetzel Classic, Hatboro-Horsham, 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 28

Wrestling @ Wetzel Classic, Hatboro-Horsham, 9 a.m.

Boys Indoor Track @ Marine Corps Holiday Classic, The Armory (NYC), 9 a.m.

Girls BB v. Simon Gratz Charter, 2:30 p.m.

Boys BB @ Pete & Jameer Nelson Classic v. Coatesville, Widener University, 3 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 30

Boys BB @ Pete & Jameer Nelson Classic v. Bishop McDevitt, Widener University, 6:30 p.m.

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

Friday, Jan. 3

Girls BB @ Wissahickon, 7 p.m.

Boys BB v. Wissahickon, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 4

Boys and Girls Indoor Track @ U.S. Air Force Hispanic Games, The Armory (NYC), 9 a.m.

For more on Panther Athletics, visit www.cheltenhampanthers.org.
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Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Jan. 6th 2020 at 10am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

The Homework Committee will review findings from this past spring's homework survey and develop recommendations for a presentation on a revised homework policy 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.

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents and tax payers.

Facilities/Financial Affairs Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 7th 2020 at 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Facilities Agenda


Finance Agenda (Proposed)

Recap Preliminary Budget and make recommendation for approval at January 2020 Legislative meeting

Intent to apply to PDE for referendum exceptions

Meeting is open to all Cheltenham residents and taxpayers.

SEAC Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 9th 2020 at 6:30am-8pm

400 Myrtle Avenue


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School District Flyers (Click to enlarge)

Community Flyers (Click to enlarge)