Friday, December 7

In this week's #ThisIsCheltenham news share, PBL 9 to host launch party for "Stories of Cheltenham," sophomore provides a fresh voice on KYW Newsradio, Lady Panthers host sixth annual alumnae basketball game and FREE youth clinic, still time to catch EP sixth grader Jemma Bleu Greenbaum in "Matilda" at the Walnut Street Theatre, FIRST LEGO League season opens for three elementary schools, CE students cracking the code; In the News; Need to Know Info; Upcoming meetings / events; and much, much more.

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PBL 9 Tells the “Stories of Cheltenham”; Book Launch Thursday, Dec. 13 at Glenside Library

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The CHS Freshman English and Social Studies Project -Based Learning collaborative is hosting a book launch at the Glenside Library, Thursday, Dec. 13 to celebrate the publication of its book and companion website “Stories of Cheltenham.”

The 63-page paperback, which is available for purchase on Amazon, is a collection of thematically connected photographs and stories collected by PBL 9 students, ranging from humorous to ironic and heartfelt to absurd, capturing the spirit of Cheltenham Township, an inner ring suburb of Philadelphia. The book, inspired by "The Humans of New York," will be entered into the “local authors” section of the Glenside Library at the launch. Read more>


Sophomore Provides a Fresh Voice on KYW Newsradio

The voice of sophomore MaryKate Haasz (pictured to the left with a Unified Track teammate) recently graced the airwaves of KYW1060 with a report about Cheltenham’s Unified Track program. Challenge teacher Elaine McGoldrick recommended Haasz for the KYW Newstudies Student Reporter program because of the opportunity it would present to the aspiring writer interested in developing her writing skills. Read more>

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Cheltenham Lady Panthers Host Sixth Annual Alumnae Basketball Game


Cheltenham High School Lady Panthers alumnae are giving cancer the full court press. Now in its sixth year, the Lady Panthers Alumnae youth clinic and game on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Cheltenham High School aims to support those fighting cancer and raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s Coach vs. Cancer program. Tipoff for the alumnae game, which involves alumni and alumnae, is noon. Prior to the main event, alumnae and current players will host a FREE girls basketball clinic for young girls. Future Lady Panthers will learn new skills and meet some of the Lady Panthers from the 2000 and 2007 state championship teams. The youth clinic begins at 10 a.m.


Still time to catch EP sixth grader Jemma Bleu Greenbaum in "Matilda" at the Walnut Street Theatre


The reviews are in and "Matilda the Musical" at the Walnut Street Theatre starring EP sixth grader Jemma Bleu Greenbaum is "magic," "smart" and "zany."

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FIRST LEGO League Season Opens for Three Elementary Schools

Participating in the “Into Orbit” Challenge of the 30th FIRST Robotics competition, the Wyncote, Glenside and Myers FIRST LEGO League Robotics teams opened their seasons against more than 20 teams on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and came away with some nice recognitions. Wyncote’s Roarin’ Robots received the coveted Gracious Professionalism Award for its ability to compete as hard as possible while supporting each other and other teams with grace and kindness. Myers Machines won the Innovative Solution Award for devising a solution to send virtual hugs, complete with sight, sound, smell and touch to astronauts who live in space for a year or longer. The Glenside Bear-Bots outscored CSD’s two other teams in the robot portion of the event. Read more>

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CE Students Cracking the Code

During Computer Science Education Week (December 3-7), Cheltenham Elementary celebrated Hour of Code. Almost every classroom from kindergarten through fourth grade participated in an activity to learn how to code computers and robots. Students explored coding puzzles such as Candy Quest and Minecraft, and learned how to program Ozobots and Sphero Robots. Coding teaches students problem solving, collaboration, and computational thinking skills, which they can apply in many different areas of school and life.

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code," show anybody can learn the basics, and broaden participation in the field of computer science. The program has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.

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  • Cheltenham graduate Miriam Davidson, artistic director for ANNA Crusis Women’s Choir, the oldest existing feminist choir in the U.S., spoke with the Chestnut Hill Local in advance of the choir’s annual concert, this year called “Declaration of Interdependence.” The choir, which has a long history of using music to raise awareness about social justice issues, including gun violence, performs Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Holy Communion (2110 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia). 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, Dec. 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.

The District has early dismissal on Friday, Dec. 21. Schools will dismiss at the following times:

  • Cedarbrook Middle School | Noon
  • Elkins Park School | 1 p.m.
  • K – 4 Schools | 1 p.m.
  • Cheltenham High School | 1:55 p.m.

Schools and district offices are closed Monday - Wednesday, Dec. 24-26

District offices are open Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27-28.

Schools and district offices are closed Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Schools reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2.


Stay Informed: November Education Affairs Committee Meeting

The November Educational Affairs meeting featured a data presentation covering curriculum audit results, standardized test performance for the past four years, district Future Ready PA results, professional learning data, holistic experiences update and a communications and engagement update. View the presentation>


Honor a Special Educator with a CSD Foundation Tribute Card

Instead of a coffee mug or candle, why not honor your favorite CSD educators with a tribute card from the Cheltenham School District Foundation? Tribute cards are a meaningful way to acknowledge or thank teachers, administrators, coaches or staff; remember someone special as a gesture of condolence or memorial; or just because. You order and the foundation completes AND delivers your cards. Click to order cards, and at checkout, you will be asked for whom the card is intended, any message to include and who sent the card. For more information, view FAQ or contact Betsy Mckinstry.


Check out These Cheltenham Township Winter Rec Programs

Cheltenham's winter recreation program brochure is now available online. Classes include dance, kids' cooking, adult exercise, open gyms, basketball, swimming, self-defense, kidnastics, special events and lots more. Register online>.
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Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Dec. 10th, 8am-12pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 7:45pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 18th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 19th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Community Conversations on Climate, Culture & Equity

Thursday, Jan. 3rd 2019 at 5:30pm

333 Rices Mill Road, Wyncote, PA 19095

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.
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