#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, January 4

In this issue of #ThisIsCheltenham, CSD launches branding survey, sixth annual Lady Panthers Alumnae youth clinic and game, CES robotics news, class of 2020 shares the love, parent workshop and book club, need to know info, upcoming meetings / events; and much, much more.


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Sound Off: District Launches Branding Survey

The Cheltenham School District wants to hear from you. CSD is conducting this survey in partnership with The Pennsylvania State University - Abington College with the intent of better understanding the community perceptions of the district.


If you live within the Cheltenham School District, your input will be invaluable in our efforts to guide communications and branding efforts moving forward. Whether you have, had, will have or never had students attending our schools, please make your voice heard by participating in the survey.


Your responses are completely anonymous, and Penn State Abington will generate a summary report of the survey findings. Your data will not be used for any other purpose. The survey will take between 4-7 minutes.


To take the survey, visit www.cheltenham.org/brandingsurvey or scan the QR code. If you have questions, comments or concerns, contact Kevin Kaufman, CSD Director of Communications, at 215/881-6325.


Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

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Lady Panthers Alumnae Basketball Game and Clinic This Saturday

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 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.


Prior to the main event, alumnae and current players will host a FREE girls basketball clinic. 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.


Come for the three-point contest, kids' activities and raffles, but stay for the action on the court. Alumnae lacing up their kicks include Nicole Pender (Mansfield), Antonia Gale (La Salle), Ashley Gale (La Salle), Stacey Smalls (Temple), Shayla Johnson (Rhode Island), Brandi Butler-Millis (Richmond), Ashley Webster (Philadelphia U.); Shayla Felder (Chestnut Hill), Lorraine Oliver (St. Francis (Pa.), Ciara Andrews (St. Joe’s), Misha Horsey (Stony Brook) and Tiffany Johnson (West Chester). General admission is $10; kids six and under are free. For tickets, visit www.chsalumnaegame.com.

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CBK's Bey Continues to Run Away from the Competition

With two wins and a fifth place finish in the 400-meters in the first three weeks of the 2018-19 Colgate Women’s Games, the nation’s largest amateur track and field series for women, Cedarbrook eighth grader Eyota Bey enters this weekend's fourth round of competition in contention to take a cumulative title. Read more>

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CES Robotics Team Takes Newcomer Spirit Award

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Cheltenham Elementary School Robo-Dolphins (fourth graders Andre Agyare, Caleb Armstrong, Lizi Bailey, Jordy Barrera, Makai Dempsey, Giovanni Francis, Nylah Mattaway, Anton Nguyen, Tobenna Ojukwu, Gerard-Bernard Sejour, Jacob Shin and Kailey White) attended the FIRST Lego League qualifying tournament at Philadelphia’s Central High School and was thrilled to come away with the Judges’ Award for Newcomer Spirit.


According to advisor Gerald Aungst, “The students were poised, confident and enthusiastic during three rounds of project judging in the morning and during the robot coding challenge in the afternoon.”


The team hopes to build on its first year by starting to prepare a new group of third graders this spring to hit the ground running for next fall’s competitive season. To foster that development, Cheltenham ES is holding a Family Code and Robotics Night for the community on Wednesday, March 20.

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Class of 2020 Hosts “Share the Love” Craft Fair

The Class of 2020 is hosting its second “Share the Love” craft fair on Saturday, Feb, 2 from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. in the CHS Cafeteria. The event will feature local vendors, food, raffle baskets and music. Vendor spots are $15, and school-related vendors like clubs or groups are $10. Payment can be made in cash, check (made out to “Class of 2020”), or online. The Class of 2020 also seeks donations for raffle baskets and food items/supplies. If you are interested in purchasing a vendor spot or donating, contact Arielle Brown or Johanna Cella. Snow date is Saturday, Feb. 9 at the same time and location.


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Cheltenham alumna Misha Horsey and her work with the American Cancer Society through the annual Lady Panthers Alumnae Basketball Game were featured on WHYY in a segment about local heroes. (Horsey's segment begins at the 9:17 mark.) Listen>

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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, Jan. 9. 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.

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Parent Workshop & Book Club

Join Cindy Goldberg and a team of Positive Psychology teacher leaders on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Administration Building (2000 Ashbourne Rd., Elkins Park) to explore ways to help children identify their strengths and flourish in school, at home, and in their lives. Three decades of research shows the advantages of taking a strengths-based approach for children and adults alike. Email cygoldberg@cheltenham.org to RSVP.

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Athletics Schedule

Friday, Jan. 4

Girls Basketball v. Wissahickon, 5 p.m.

Girls Track @ Haverford University Meet, 5 p.m.

Boys Basketball v. Wissahickon, 7 p.m.


Saturday, Jan. 5

Boys and Girls Indoor Track @ Hispanic Games (The Armory, NYC), 8:30 a.m.

Wrestling @ Upper Dublin, 7 p.m.


Monday, Jan. 7

Boys Basketball v. Archbishop Carroll, 7 p.m.


Tuesday, Jan. 8

Boys Basketball @ Hatboro-Horsham, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball v. Hatboro-Horsham, 7 p.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 9

Wrestling v. Plymouth-Whitemarsh, 7 p.m.


Friday, Jan. 11

Swimming @ Hatboro-Horsham, 7 p.m.

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

Girls Basketball @ Springfield, 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball v. Springfield, 7 p.m.

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Stay Informed: December Policy Committee Meeting

The Policy Committee convened Wednesday, Dec. 19 and discussed the following policies: 234, 205, 220, 221, 228, 918, 252. View the presentation>

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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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Facilities/Financial Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 8th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Community Conversatrion on Climate, Culture and Equity

Thursday, Jan. 10th, 5:30-8pm

333 Rices Mill Road

Wyncote, PA

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Jan. 14th, 10am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

UPG General Meeting

Monday, Jan. 14th, 7pm

300 Longfellow Road

Wyncote, PA

**Please note this meeting will be held at Cedarbrook Middle School.

Regular Legislative Board Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 15th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Communications Committee Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 24th, 7pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Homework Committee Meeting

Monday, Jan. 28th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Please RSVP to Maureen Jennis

World Languages Committee Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 29th, 6pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

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