#ThisIsCheltenham

Friday, June 14

In this school year's final edition of the #ThisIsCheltenham news share, top stories include year-end activities at CBK and EP, new board member, CBK NHS induction, boys cager commits to Saint Francis, PBL9 field day at Wyncote, Battle of the Township, PBL7 creates tangranimals and 24 tournament results. "In the news" features CHS commencement and the passing of an esteemed alumnus. "Need to Know Info" contains calendar reminders, lax clinic info, k-6 generic school supply lists, Communications committee report, upcoming meetings and events and this week's flyers.


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It's Been a Great Year. Have a Wonderful Summer!

https://youtu.be/NThPNEF1bW8

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Congratulations to the CBK Class of 2019

Cheltenham School District’s Cedarbrook Middle School, which reopened this past August as a 180,000 square-foot, ultra-modern facility four years after shuttering due to mold, celebrated its first class to graduate from the new building. Against the backdrop of the seventh-grade orchestra’s playing “Pomp and Circumstance,” almost 350 students filed into the gymnasium amid cheers from family, friends and teachers. Read more>
https://youtu.be/iRRsO873lsg

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Elkins Park Celebrates Sixth Graders at Move Up Day

More than 350 Elkins Park sixth graders are moving on to Cedarbrook Middle School following their move up day celebration Thursday, June 12. With both EP grades in attendance, the fifth and sixth choir opened the festivities with a stirring rendition of "Remember Me." Retiring principal Dr. Gerry Doria-Fitzpatrick offered a message of appreciation to students for "you being you," referenced Marianne Williamson's poem "Our Deepest Fear" and encouraged all of the students to complete the sentence "I am ... ." Read more>

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht2J6OzLWd0

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Wyncote Resident Charles Burdell-Williams to Fill Vacant Board Seat

Wyncote resident Charles Burdell-Williams was sworn in at Tuesday evening’s legislative board meeting as the newest member of the Cheltenham School District Board of School Directors. Mr. Burdell-Williams will complete the remaining tenure of Kate Thomson, who resigned her position, effective Sunday, June 16 after nearly 18 months of service because she is moving out of district. Read more>

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Cedarbrook's National Junior Honor Society Induction

https://youtu.be/cGLqJ_jBCzk

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Rising Senior Cager Harrison Makes Verbal Commitment to Play at Saint Francis University

Class of 2020 cager Zahree Harrison has verbally committed to play basketball at NCAA Division I Saint Francis University. The point guard averaged 17 points, six assists and four rebounds a game and became the first junior guard in 15 years to be named first team all-league. A “strong, cerebral floor leader,” according to high school basketball evaluators, Harrison claimed third-team all-league honors as a sophomore. Read more>

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PBL9 Facilitates Field Day for Wyncote Third Graders

On Friday, May 31, members of PBL9 visited Wyncote Elementary School to facilitate a Field Day for third graders. This was not ordinary field day, though, as activities were reimagined versions of games from ancient times, with the added element of incorporating an animal adaptation.

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Battle of the Township

In an epic battle for the ages, representatives from various Cheltenham Township departments and Wyncote teachers and staff faced off in the "Battle of the Township." While Team Wyncote came out on tops, WES students learned an important lesson about sportsmanship. Competitors walked out to cheers and excitement. Of course, the teachers and staff had the home field advantage but the police-township team quickly won over the fans. At the event's conclusion, the teams hugged, high-fived and shook hands to show that in the end, we are all on Team Cheltenham.

https://youtu.be/-PSaqg7Ka-o?fbclid=IwAR0nqb8fqvsTPjM7w5e95l3H7UtMUS3S3qavQnzue9WBEd5kERgh9JxeKN0

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PBL7 Creates Tangranimals for CES Students

On Friday, June 7, PBL7 exhibited and presented their "Tangranimals" as gifts to their first-grade buddies in celebration of their culminating project. The project launched in early May with a visit to Cheltenham Elementary School, where PBL students met the first-grade students and immersed themselves into the first-grade environment and conducted interviews to gain empathy and insight into their buddies' lives. Read more>

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CBK Students Place Second and Third at Regional 24 Game Tournament

For the final Challenge activity of the school year, Cedarbrook sent four students to the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit on Thursday, June 6 for its annual 24 game tournament. MCIU hosts an annual event for fourth through eighth graders divided into three grade level groups (Grades 4/5, 6 and 7/8). A dozen students from across the county qualified for the regionals, including eighth graders Clare Rajapakse, Vaughn McCain, Jesse Packel, were selected from all the participants to advance to the semifinal round. Rajapakse and Packel advanced to the finals and eventually placed second and third, respectively. Taking second and third place is a marked improvement from just one year ago’s performance, where only one CBK student qualified for the semifinals.
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Cheltenham High School's 135th Commencement on Thursday, June 6 was the front-page news in this week's edition of the Times-Chronicle. View front page>


Cheltenham School District's receipt of a Sustainable Cheltenham Awards was covered in this week's Times-Chronicle. Read more>


6ABC reported on the passing of Cheltenham alumnus Lew Klein, a Philadelphia television pioneer, professor and philanthropist. Read more>


Cheltenham High School was mentioned in a Philadelphia Inquirer story about Frankford football coach Bill Sytsma, who opens his locker room on Friday nights so his players are safe from Philadelphia gun violence. CHS Football coach Ryan Nase bought pizzas on a recent Friday. Read more>

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Calendar Reminders

In service day on Monday, June 17 is the final teacher day.


Monday, August 26 is the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. Schools will dismiss at the following times:

Cheltenham High School: 2:30 p.m.

Cedarbrook Middle School: 3:10 p.m.

Elkins Park School: 12:55 p.m.

K-4: 1:15 p.m.

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Calling all Cheltenham Township Beginner and Experienced Boys Lax Players

Mondays from June 17 through August 19, Cheltenham parents and Abington Lacrosse Club are hosting lacrosse clinics from 6-8 p.m. at Abington Junior High School for boys entering grades 2-8. The sessions will focus on fundamental skills and proper technique. All skills levels - from beginner to experienced and everything in between - are encouraged and welcome to join. All 10 clinics cost $50, and boys can come to as many sessions as they would like. Register online at Abingtonlacrosseclub.com.

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K-6 Generic Supply List

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Stay Informed: Communications Committee

The Communications Committee met on Thursday, May 23. The agenda included a look at social media metrics, follow ups on texting and the budget presentation video and a report on the district branding survey. View the presentation>

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Educational Affairs Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 18th, 6:30pm

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.

Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 26th, 8am

2000 Ashbourne Road

Elkins Park, PA

This meeting is open to all Cheltenham Township residents.
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District Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)

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Community Flyers (Click to Enlarge or Click Through)