#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, March 22

In this week's edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share, Harlem Wizards set to face the 'Ham Hoopstars, a team of teachers and administrators, 27th annual future problem solving bowl, ultimate club fundraiser with Philly Phoenix, CBK’s Project Lit Travels to Glenside, CBK HipHop Club spreads its message, International Day of Happiness and “Urinetown” tickets now on sale online.


"In the News" includes an article about the 32nd "Touch the Future" art exhibition, and "Need to Know Info" contains calendar reminders, 19-20 academic calendar, school pick up and drop off safety letter from Superintendent Dr. Marseille, PSSA parent/guardian guide, kindergarten registration, Summer Voyage, athletics schedules, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.


Save the date for the Community Conversation on Climate, Culture and Equity where community members, faculty and administration will have the opportunity to offer feedback on a new draft of the school board's equity statement.


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World Famous Harlem Wizards Coming to Town to Face the ’Ham Hoopstars April 6

Get ready Cheltenham! A high-flying, slam-dunking, rim-rattling basketball show is coming to town when the world-famous Harlem Wizards face off against the ’Ham Hoopstars on Saturday, April 6 at Cheltenham High School at 6:30 p.m. Fun-filled and family-friendly, this event features a match up of the Wizards’ all-star master basketball showmen against a quicker-than-they-look squad of CSD faculty and administration in a battle for hardwood supremacy. Event proceeds benefit CHS Girls Basketball.


Tickets are available at www.cheltenham.org/wizardstix and are priced as follows:
  • Student Admission ($10 online / $15 at the door)
  • General Admission ($15 online / $20 at the door)
  • Courtside Plus ($30) | Courtside Plus ticket holders receive first or second row seating and meet privately with selected Wizard players before the game for a meet-and-greet and show. Only 100 Courtside Plus tickets are available.


Read more>

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27th Annual Future Problem Solving Bowl Focuses on "Coping with Stress"

For the 27th consecutive year, teams of critical, creative thinkers from across the district came together for the annual Future Problem Solvers (FPS) Bowl. “Coping with Stress” was the topic for this year’s FPS Bowl. Each of the problem solvers has worked for months with their coaches to learn and refine the difficult future problem-solving process, which emphasizes cooperation and critical thinking and de-emphasizes competitiveness. Read more> | Results>

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Ultimate Frisbee Fundraiser with Philly Phoenix

Cheltenham High School Ultimate frisbee, which kicks off its season Friday afternoon with a boys matchup at the Science Leadership Academy, has partnered with the Philadelphia Phoenix, the city’s professional ultimate team, on a fundraiser. The Phoenix is donating 50 percent of all ticket sales from its April 27 home opener and 20 percent of all merchandise sales purchased through this link to CHS Ultimate. The team has been invited to play a yet-to-be-determined opponent during halftime. Tickets are $18/adults and $8/youth, and families can order an $18 youth package that includes a ticket and one-hour pregame clinic. CHS Ultimate kicks off its season Friday, March 22 with the boys facing the Science Leadership Academy at the Highline Field at 31st and Chestnut Streets in University City. Subscribe to the team’s Google calendar>

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CBK’s Project Lit Travels to Glenside Elementary to Share Love of Reading

This past week, as part of Cedarbrook’s newly established “Project Lit,” nearly two dozen students illustrated their commitment to service projects championing the love of reading by traveling to Glenside Elementary School to read to third and fourth graders. A national, grassroots literacy movement, Project Lit is a network of dedicated teachers and students who are committed to increasing access to culturally relevant books and promoting a love of reading in our schools and communities. Read more>

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CBK HipHop Club Hits the Road to Spread its Message

On Thursday, March 14, members of the CBK HipHop Club traveled to Northeast Philadelphia’s Frankford High School to spread the message of social justice and power of education. Frankford representatives invited the HipHop club to perform at their school after watching the club’s stirring performance of “Letters from a Birmingham Jail Cell” at CSD’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

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International Day of Happiness

The Cheltenham School District was one of the happiest places on Earth on Wednesday, March 20 for the International Day of Happiness. Students and staff celebrated all over the district with projects created by Positive Psychology teacher leaders. View the photos below for a sample of the happiness that flowed. Clockwise from top left: Myers, Glenside, Wyncote, Cedarbrook, CHS, Cheltenham and Elkins Park.
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Tickets on Sale for Cheltenham Musical Theater’s Production of "Urinetown"

Tickets are on sale online for Cheltenham Musical Theater's 56th annual production, the multiple Tony Award-winning “Urinetown.” Ordering tickets online enables patrons to select their seats. The production runs Thursday through Saturday, April 11-13 at Stretton Hall at Cheltenham High School. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Buy tickets>

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Artwork in various media by Cheltenham students, including Clement Thomas ("American Dream") and Rebecca Banner (Untitled"), on display at Arcadia for the 32nd annual "Touch the Future" exhibition was featured in this week's "Times Chronicle." The exhibition, which features 350 pieces from 30 Bucks and Montgomery County high schools, runs through next Thursday, March 28. Read and see 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, April 10. 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.


School will be closed Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19 for Spring Break.


For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

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Board Adopts 2019-2020 Academic Calendar

By unanimous vote at the Tuesday, March 12 Legislative board meeting, the Board of School Directors of Cheltenham School District adopted the following schedule for the 2019-2020 academic year.


The calendar features teacher induction Tuesday through Friday, August 12 - 15, 2019, pre-Labor Day start of Monday, August 26, 2019, nine professional development days, four built-in snow days, Thursday, June 4, 2020, graduation and a final student day of Tuesday, June 16, 2020. View calendar>

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School Pick Up and Drop Off Safety Letter from Superintendent Dr. Marseille

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this email finds you doing well. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been counting down to spring! What a glorious time of year. I am writing today to ask for your support and assistance to ensure the safety of our students. Read more>

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Greenwood Ave. Closure - Starting March 25

Please be advised of the following update from Cheltenham Township on the closing of Greenwood Ave. between Hedgerow Lane and Spruce Lane for bridge rehabilitation that could cause delays throughout the district:


Greenwood Avenue Closure (24 weeks)
PA Department of Transportation is closing Greenwood Avenue between Hedgerow Lane and Spruce Lane to pedestrian and vehicular traffic on Monday, March 25, 2019. Read more>

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2019 PSSA Parent/Guardian Guide

The PSSAs are quickly approaching. In order to prepare you and your child(ren), please see the linked document below. In the document, you will find the testing schedules for each school, as well as other testing policies and procedures that allow for a smooth testing administration. 2019 PSSA Parent/Guardian Guide>

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Kindergarten Registration and Screening for the Class of 2032

Kindergarten registration and readiness screening for the 2019-20 school year will take place Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park). Due to professional development day, registration will not take place on Tuesday, May 21. Prior to making an appointment, parents/guardians must submit an application via the district's registration portal. Once registration paperwork is submitted, a link will appear to schedule an appointment to bring in the required paperwork and for the child to participate in the readiness screening. Children must be a Cheltenham Township resident to register, and be 5-years-old on or before September 1, 2019, to attend kindergarten this coming school year. For questions or assistance scheduling an appointment, contact CSD Registrar Kate Shevlin at 215-881-6322.

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Summer Voyage “Taking Flight” at Cheltenham Elementary

Cheltenham School District will sponsor the 2019 Summer Voyage program “Taking Flight,” where rising second through sixth graders can explore the history of flight, its social and cultural impact on societies across the globe, engineering and design of various aircraft, and design of their own flight innovations. Pennsylvania-certified teachers will lead students through a project-based learning model as they exercise their curiosity, creativity, collaboration and critical-thinking skills in various activities. Read more> | Registration>

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Athletics Schedule

Friday, March 22

Boys Tennis @ Pennsbury, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball v. Central Bucks South, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse v. Conwell-Egan, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Softball @ William Tennent, 3:45 p.m.


Saturday, March 23

Boys Baseball @ Jenkintown, 11 a.m.


Monday, March 25

Boys Baseball @ Archbishop Wood, 3:45 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse @ Jenkintown, 3:45 p.m.


Tuesday, March 26

Boys Volleyball @ William Tennent, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Track & Field @ Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Track & Field v. Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Softball v. Academy Park, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis v. Neshaminy, 3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, March 27

Boys Tennis @ Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse @ Lansdale Catholic, 3:30 p.m.


Thursday, March 28

Boys Baseball @ Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

Girls Softball v. Upper Moreland, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball v. Pennsbury, 3:30 p.m.


Friday, March 29

Girls Softball @ Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis v. Abington, 3:30 p.m.

Boys Baseball v. Plymouth Whitemarsh, 3:30 p.m.


For more sports events and activities, visit CheltenhamPanthers.org.

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For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, March 25th, 10-11:30am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Please RSVP to Maureen Jennis at mjennis@cheltenham.org.

UPG - SEAC Inclusion Event with speaker Kerry Magro

Monday, March 25th, 7pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 27th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 28th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Community Conversations on Climate, Culture and Equity

Wednesday, April 3rd, 5:30-8pm

333 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Join the community and administration to offer feedback on a new draft of the school board's equity statement.
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District Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)

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Community Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)