#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, February 15

In this issue of #ThisIsCheltenham, CBK phenom wins Middle School 400m at Colgate Women's Games, freshman PBL hosts Cosi taste test for "Breaking Bread" assignment, watch senior speedster Bria Barnes compete in the 112th Millrose Games, students advance to national Brain Bee, Academic WorldQuest competitions, and staff takes time to care for themselves.


Due to recent inclement weather, several meetings have been re-scheduled into the coming weeks, so please check the Calendar Reminders. Also, find information about kindergarten registration, a Cheltenham Police Athletic League survey, middle school transition presentation, Voyage 2019, and postseason winter sports schedules.


Finally, catch the Panthers Boys Basketball team as it hosts North Penn tonight at 7 in a District 1 tournament first round game. It's a GOLD OUT so wear your best and brightest Cheltenham swag. View the tournament bracket>


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To update your contact information, visit www.cheltenham.org/updatemyinfo. For updates throughout the week, be sure to visit cheltenham.org or the Cheltenham School District Facebook page. If you know someone who would like to receive the weekly news share, direct them to the eNEWS icon at cheltenham.org to register.

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Cedarbrook Phenom Eyota Bey Takes Middle School 400M Title at Colgate Women’s Games

After four weeks of preliminary races which saw her with a one-point lead over the field, Cedarbrook eighth grader Eyota Bey turned on the jets in the semifinals and finals to take the middle school 400m title at the 45th Colgate Women’s Games with 72 points, 12 points ahead of the second-place finisher.


At the semifinals, Bey ran 59.47, nearly half a second better than the closest competition, to take the race and garner its 15 points. In the finals, she finished second in 59.06 to earn 10 points and lock up the championship. Read more>

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Freshman PBL Hosts Cosi Taste Test as Part of Breaking Bread Project

The freshman Project Based Learning cohort hosted Cosi Catering Sales Manager Abbey Shuster this week for a taste test featuring different foods from the local eatery as part of its “Breaking Bread” assignment. Shuster brought a variety of salads, soups and entrees and as the students tasted each, they wrote notes. Was it bitter? Sweet? Salty? Sour? How was the texture? Shuster has food allergies and wanted to gain a perspective about what the food tastes like so it could help her know what the spices tasted like in the food. Project overview> | Read more>

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Iowa State Signee Barnes Runs against the Best at 112th Millrose Games

Watch senior speedster Bria Barnes (far right, lane 3) compete in the second of two heats at the Millrose Foundation Junior Girls Invitational 300m at Saturday's 112th Millrose Games in New York City. In a field that included the nation's top eight 300-meter runners, the 7th ranked Barnes finished seventh in 39.23.

https://youtu.be/wDzKh64dDT0

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Junior Ifenna Amaefuna Wins Regional Brain Bee

At this past weekend’s regional Brain Bee at the University of Pennsylvania, Cheltenham students took three of the top four places, including junior Ifenna Amaefuna, who won the competition. Sophomore Rajakavi Boominathan took third and freshman Conrad Schaumburg took fourth. Amaefuna advances to the National Brain Bee event in Washington, D.C., April 12 - 14. Read more>

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Cheltenham Seniors Win Regional Academic WorldQuest

Seniors Eve Glazier, Alana Margerum, Naomi Oziel and Camille Ross, members of the CHS Students for International Awareness club, won the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia-sponsored Academic WorldQuest trivia contest this week, earning an all-expenses paid trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C., in April. Read more>

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Watercolor Staff Well-Being Workshop

District teachers and staff came together to laugh, connect, create and spend a little time caring for themselves at the February Staff Well-Being workshop. CHS art teacher Jen Hall instructed the group in watercolor techniques including stippling and salting, and attendees painted their own take on a birch tree scene. Each painting was unique and everyone agreed that they would love another art workshop soon.

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Suburban One Sports covered senior soccer player Max Brown's signing a letter of intent to play at the University of Mary Washington. Read story>
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Calendar Reminders

Schools and offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18 for Presidents Day.



Due to weather and other conflicts, previously scheduled events have been rescheduled:


  • February Legislative Board meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 19 @ 7 p.m.
  • Community Conversation on the 2019-20 school year calendar is Thursday, Feb. 21 @ 6:30 p.m.


Meetings are at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park).



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, March 13. 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.


For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

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Kindergarten Registration and Readiness 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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Cheltenham Police Athletic League Survey

The Cheltenham Police Athletic League (PAL) is interested in gauging community interest in the organization and its programs. Cheltenham PAL, which is affiliated with the Cheltenham Police Department, is a nonprofit organization that strives to form positive relationships between community youth and their families and the police officers who serve them. Please take only a few minutes to complete a short survey so they can acquire a better understanding of the community's wants and needs in terms of the services they can offer. For any questions about the survey or general inquiries about Cheltenham PAL, contact Ofc. Dave Sparango at 215-885-1600 x971. Take the survey>

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Stay Informed: Cedarbrook Transition Presentation

Cedarbrook held its annual transition to middle school meeting for rising seventh graders Wednesday evening. View presentation Principal Marcy Hockfield and her administrative team made to the parents and guardians in attendance. Presentation>

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Voyage 2019 … Taking Flight

Registration opens soon for Voyage, CSD’s summer STEM camp for rising second through sixth graders. This year’s camp will explore flight and be held at Cheltenham Elementary (7853 Front Street, Cheltenham) for three week-long sessions: July 8-12, 15-19 and 22-26 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Families can register for one, two or three weeks. Cost is $220 per week and $550 for all three weeks. Families with more than one child will receive a 10 percent discount for each additional registration. Registration opening in mid-February.

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Athletics Schedule

Friday, Feb. 15

Girls Swimming, Suburban One American Conference Championships @ Upper Dublin

Girls Track @ Lehigh University, 6:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball v. North Penn, 7 p.m. (District 1 playoffs)


Saturday, Feb. 16

Boys Swimming, Suburban One American Conference Championships @ Upper Dublin

Cavalcade of Bands, @ CHS, 5 p.m.


Friday, Feb. 22

Wrestling, District 1 AAA Section South tournament @ Interboro, 5:30 p.m.

Boys Diving, District 1 Championships @ North Penn


Saturday, Feb. 23

Wrestling, District 1 AAA Section South tournament @ Interboro, 9:30 a.m.

Girls Diving, District 1 Championships @ North Penn


Friday, March 1

Swimming, District 1 Championships @ La Salle University


Saturday, March 2

Swimming, District 1 Championships @ La Salle University


For more events, visit CheltenhamPanthers.org.

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For more events, visit the Cheltenham School District Calendar>

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Community Conversation: 2019-20 School Year Calendar

Thursday, Feb. 21st, 6:30-8pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Black History Month Celebration

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 5:30-7:30pm

500 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Vendors and performances to celebrate Black History Month.

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township Residents.
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