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  • 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.

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  • Learn How To Set Up The PowerSchool Mobile App

    We'd like to make several points of clarification regarding the PowerSchool app. Only parents/guardians of 5th through 12th grade students need to access PowerSchool. Grade K through 4 parents/guardians do not have PowerSchool portals. Access codes were mailed home or sent home with your student, including returning and new students. If you do not know your student and/or parent access code, please contact...

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  • Student Services Partners with CARing for Kids Foundation to Distribute Winter Coats

    With winter fast approaching, the Cheltenham School District received 150 coats from the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia-Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation to disperse to families in need. Thank you to Faulkner Nissan of Jenkintown for facilitating...

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  • Unified Student-Athletes to Serve as Honorary Football Captains

    Unified Track and Field student-athlete Olivia Daniels served as the honorary captain at this past Friday’s football game between the CHS Panthers and Quakertown Community High School Panthers. As the first honorary captain for this new tradition, Daniels entered the field alongside CHS Panthers, was introduced to the fans, facilitated the coin toss and enjoyed the game in her commemorative t-shirt from a special viewing area. Each honorary captain will also work with peers in general education classes to be their "buddies" for the event. Daniels received the...

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  • EP Bake Sale for Dorian Relief

    llustrating for students that even the smallest, most local philanthropy effort can make a huge difference, Elkins Park School students raised $573.65 at last week’s bake sale, with the proceeds going toward Bahamian families impacted by the destruction of Hurricane Dorian through Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen. When disaster strikes, WCK’s Chef Relief Team moves quickly to the front lines to provide meals to those in need. Deploying their...

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  • Character Day 2019

    Cheltenham School District encourages staff, students and families to observe Character Day on Friday, Sept. 27. An annual event, Character Day unites millions in schools, companies and homes to develop and deepen character strengths like empathy, grit, gratitude and leadership. Character development is important because it leads to school and career success and stronger, more engaged individuals and a more just world. Last year, more than ...

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  • 6th Annual Food Truck Jamboree

    Bring the family for a great day of community building with delicious food for every taste, local musical talent, fun kids’ activities and a fabulous silent auction with items including platinum seats for Chance the Rapper at the Wells Fargo Center in October....

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  • Back to School Backpacks

    CSD Home and School Visitor Jen Mosher worked with numerous organizations this summer to help CSD students in need begin the school year on the right foot. The Glenside Rotary (37) and Cradles to Crayons (100) donated backpacks filled with school supplies. The CSD Board of School Directors donated school supplies and much needed lunch bags, while the United Parent Group also donated backpacks....

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  • David Teasdale Named Director of Facilities and Maintenance at Cheltenham School District

    David Teasdale has been appointed the director of facilities and maintenance at the Cheltenham School District (CSD), and begins his tenure Monday, July 1. The CSD Board of School Directors approved his hiring at its June 11 Legislative meeting. Most recently the director of operations for the New Hope-Solebury School District, in New Hope, Pa., the Australian native who moved to the United States in 2017, is an experienced facilities manager with 18 years of experience, including 13 years in a management capacity, in the education sector.

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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. Having moved to Cheltenham for its rich diversity and ...

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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 ... ."

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  • EP Sixth Graders Write Prize-Winning Essays on Leadership

    EP sixth graders Stephen Kerrin Jr., Enrique Tellado and Nathanael Barlow received the top prizes in a global citizenship essay writing contest focused on leadership. Dr. Aaron Bruce, vice president and chief diversity officer at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasedena, Calif., and founder and CEO of the organization I Keep It Global, spoke with a group of sixth graders earlier in the school year and tasked them to...

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  • CSD Earns Sustainable Cheltenham Award

    The Cheltenham School District and other organizations and individuals were honored with Sustainable Cheltenham Awards on Sunday, June 2 at the 24th annual Arts in the Park at High School Park. The Cheltenham Township Environmental Advisory Council established the annual awards program to recognize stakeholders who make significant contributions to the Sustainable Cheltenham mission. CSD was recognized for the introduction of...

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  • Latest Innovation Podcast Centers on Assessment-based Student Empowerment

    In the fourth podcast of this school year, the CSD Innovation team of gifted and professional development supervisor Matt Pimental and STEM supervisor Dr. Brian Reilly chatted with Empower co-author A.J. Juliani about empowering students through assessments, the topic of chapter eight in Empower. Juliani keynoted a professional development day this past November about...

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  • Elkins Park Sixth Graders Climb to the PEEC

    Two waves of Elkins Park School sixth graders and their chaperones and teachers each spent nearly three days this past week at the Poconos Environmental Education Center learning about the Great Outdoors through hikes, campfire songs and presenters, and classes on orienteering, camping, canoeing. They learned about ...

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  • PBIS Implementers’ Forum

    Congratulations to the Elkins Park School core leadership team for being recognized at the 2019 Pennsylvania Positive Behavioral Support (PAPBS) Implementers’ Forum May 14 and 15 for their efforts in establishing a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) student leadership team.

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  • Over 300 Guests Celebrate Intergenerational Day at Elkins Park School

    A decades-long tradition at Elkins Park, Intergenerational Day was celebrated Wednesday, May 22. On this day, fifth grade students invite a special someone in their life from a different generation to spend the day with them at school. For the last six years the event has been organized by fifth grade teacher Cori Ayers who would like to thank the over 300 guests for coming and the PTO who was incredibly helpful in making everyone feel welcome. Students and adults enjoyed classroom activities such as Kahoot trivia competitions, music bingo, art projects, iPad scavenger hunts, and fierce games of badminton in the...

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  • EP Orchestra Takes Second

    Nearly 50 instrumentalists from the Elkins Park Orchestra placed second in the Elementary School Orchestra category of the Music in the Parks adjudication at Catasauqua High School this past week. In teacher Judy Harvey’s four years leading the students in this competition, the orchestra has returned to school with either first or second place trophies with superior and excellent ratings. The students performed the original compositions “Concerto (in the style of Vivaldi)” and “Road to Lisdoonvarna, Traditional Irish,” specifically created for them by ...

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  • Cindy Goldberg Presents at Positive Education Conference

    CSD Mindfulness Coach Cindy Goldberg is a featured presenter at the Shipley School’s Introduction to Positive Education Conference for educators, administrators and school specialists June 17-19. The professional development program is designed to introduce participants to the concepts, skills and best practices of positive psychology as they apply to schools. Goldberg’s “Mindfulness in the Classroom” workshop offers 25 activities that work to bring fun into the classroom, including ...

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  • Elkins Park School Hosts Annual ACCT Assembly

    This past Thursday, Elkins Park School held its 17th annual kickoff assembly in support Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT), the region’s largest animal care and control service provider. During the assembly, students and teachers shared wonderful experiences about bringing animals into their homes and giving them their “Forever Homes.” Former Wyncote and EP teacher Betsy Conway spearheaded the event, and ...

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  • Brian Wallace Named Principal at Elkins Park School

    After nearly two decades serving in the School District of Philadelphia in roles of increasing responsibility, Brian Wallace has been named the principal at Elkins Park School, Cheltenham School District’s fifth- and sixth-grade upper elementary school. The Cheltenham Board of School Directors approved his hiring at the April 9 legislative school board meeting, and his first day replacing the retiring Dr. Geraldine Fitzpatrick-Doria is Monday, July 1. “Mr. Wallace is a transformational leader who believes in offering unlimited guidance and constant support for all students, staff, families and ...

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  • EP, CBK Scrabble Players Putting Skills to the Test

    Scrabble Club Advisor Scott Appel has been working with Elkins Park and Cedarbrook students for the past year, including Sunday meetings at the EP Cosi to practice, to help the students see playable words where others would see a random collection of tiles. The hard work has paid off as the students showed well at this past weekend’s Hasbro National Scrabble Championships at the Grand Ballrooms at Philadelphia Airport Marriott. The students’ Scrabble skills have advanced so far they were

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  • Mindful May Life Hacks

    Each week during the month of May our Positive Psychology Teacher Leaders are offering us a simple, easy to use life hack to help live more mindfully. Click on the videos and give mindfulness a try!

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  • Lee Sisters Advance to YMCA Gymnastics Nationals

    The Lee sisters, Addison, a sixth grader at Elkins Park, and Olivia, a third grader at Glenside, recently earned placewinner recognition at the Cotton Candy Classic, the Pennsylvania YMCA State Gymnastics competition, and will be competing at the YMCA Gymnastics National Championship in June. The sisters compete for the Hatboro YMCA in level 3. With victories in the bars and floor exercise and ...

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  • Musical Theater Workshop

    Aspiring musical theater performers from Elkins Park School and Glenside Elementary had the opportunity to learn from members of the Cheltenham High School Touring Ensemble - under the direction of Jenny Hutton - at the school district’s first musical theater workshop this past weekend. The three groups watched each other perform before collaborating on...

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  • Baseball Team Service Project

    Members of the CHS baseball team traded in their mitts and bats for garden gloves and rakes this weekend to give Cheltenham Little League’s Woodland Complex and Gimbel Fields thorough spring cleanings as part of a team service project. Many of the team’s players started their diamond careers with the Cheltenham Little League (CLL), which hosts its Opening Day festivities Saturday, April 6. CLL sponsors baseball (ages 5-16), ...

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  • EP’s Lise Marlowe Earns Human and Civil Rights Award

    Elkins Park teacher Lise Marlowe has been selected to receive the Human and Civil Rights Award - Educational Leader from the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). The awards are presented to individuals and organizations or associations in various categories who have made outstanding contributions to human and civil rights in several criteria. Selection committee co-chair Tim Graham nominated Marlowe for ...

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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 these photos for a sample of the happiness that flowed....

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  • YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS WORKSHOP

    Cheltenham School District is offering free training on Youth Mental Health First Aid, which is the help offered to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge, mental disorder, or mental health crisis. The training will be presented by Ms. Jane Donohue, Elkins Park School Counselor, and Dr. Nicole Warren, Cheltenham High School Psychologist. The objectives of the training are as follows:...

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  • 27th Annual Future Problem Solving Bowl

    For the 27th consecutive year, teams of critical, creative thinkers from across the district came together for the annual Future Problem Solvers (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...

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  • International Day of Happiness - March 20

    CSD Positive Psychology teachers leaders spread happiness at Wednesday's faculty meetings in preparation for the International Day of Happiness on March 20. According to positive psychology researcher Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, individuals have great control over their happiness. Half of our happiness is based upon our genetics, 10 percent on our...

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  • EP’s Laylah Charlie Smith Earns Medal at AAU Nationals in 3,000 Meters

    EP fifth grader Laylah Charlie Smith announced her presence on the national track stage in a big way this past weekend.

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  • Cheltenham School District Adopts “Safe2Say Something” Anonymous Reporting System

    The Cheltenham School District has adopted the “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS) anonymous reporting system for grades 7-12. Mandated under the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 2018 Act 44, the program educates students and adults to recognize and report at-risk behavior – especially on social media. The Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SSARS) is provided through Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a nationwide non-profit organization with programs in 50 states, encompassing more than ...

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  • Leadership Academy Sixth Graders Earn Blue and Gold Ties

    Twenty-seven Elkins Park sixth graders participated in the Leadership Academy’s high impact fifth annual Tie Ceremony this Tuesday in Kircher Hall in front of nearly 100 family, friends and community members. Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, responsibility and unity, the Leadership Academy is an after-school program for African-American boys and aims to eliminate the achievement gap. Group sponsors Tai Crutchfield, Quyntyn...

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  • Summer Voyage “Taking Flight”

    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...

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  • Kindergarten Registration 2019-2020

    Kindergarten Registration and Readiness Screening for the 2019-2020 school year will take place Monday, May 6 through Thursday, May 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Administration Building located at 2000 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027. There will be no registration on May 21, 2019, due to Professional Development Day. Prior to making an appointment, you must submit an application online....

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  • Building Strengths Book Club

    Cheltenham families and staff met recently to discuss ways to focus on what's good with our children in part two of the parent workshop/book club “Building Strengths.” Workshops are based on the book The Strength Switch by Dr. Lea Waters. Workshop participants discussed and engaged in activities around noticing and navigating strengths, attention, goofing off, gratitude, savoring and mindfulness. Parents and guardians played gratitude ping pong and balanced feathers as they explored ways to disconnect from technology and reconnect with their children in ...

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  • CSD Earns $25K Safety Grant

    The Cheltenham School District has received a $25,000 school safety grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The grant will be utilized by purchasing security-related technology. The PCCD initiates, validates and financially supports justice-related programs put forth by practitioners and experts in the justice system. The commission focuses on...

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  • Service Projects, Historic Recitations, Song and Dance to Highlight Cheltenham’s MLK “Day On”

    Hundreds of Cheltenham School District students, parents and community members will gather at Cheltenham High School on Monday, Jan. 21 for service projects, performances and birthday cake to commemorate the memory and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the District’s annual “Day On.” Each school will perform its own service project, some of which include creating flashcards for incoming kindergarten students, no-sew blankets and bags to fill with toiletries and other essentials for those less fortunate, breakfast bags for the homeless, and collecting books, coats and stuffed animals for children. Some of the organizations...

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  • CSD School Board Accepts Tax Incremental Financing Resolution to Redevelop Elkins Estate

    By an 8-1 vote, the Cheltenham School District Board of Directors accepted the tax incremental financing resolution concerning the Elkins Estate at 1750 Ashbourne Rd. in Elkins Park. The resolution reads: “Approval of a resolution of the Board of School Directors of the Cheltenham School District, approving the school district's participation in a tax increment finance districting within the Township of Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in connection with ...

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  • Community Conversation on Climate, Culture and Equity

    Equity, access and opportunity drive the District's work to ensure the eradication of the pervasive and inequitable outcomes in student achievement, results and performances. To that end, the Cheltenham School District hosted its second Community Conversation on Climate, Culture and Equity on Thursday, Jan. 10 at Wyncote Elementary. At the meeting...

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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 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. Participating alumni and alumnae include players from the Lady Panthers 2000 and 2007 state championships and four...

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  • Parent Workshop and Book Club Kicks Off with “A Strengths Based Approach to Flourishing”

    District parents and positive psychology teacher leaders joined CSD Mindfulness/Positive Psychology coach Cindy Goldberg on Tuesday for an interactive evening centered on the importance of focusing on children’s strengths, rather than noticing their weaknesses. The Strength Switch by Lea Waters, Ph.D., was the featured reading for...

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  • K-6 Schools Contribute to Rotary Club Thanksgiving Food Drive

    With an assist from Wyncote, Glenside, Cheltenham, Myers and Elkins Park, the Rotary Club of Glenside was able to provide a delicious Thanksgiving meal to Cheltenham School District families, complete with a turkey, potatoes and fixings. The schools staged food drives to collect stuffing, cranberry, vegetables, marshmallows, yams, gravy and cornbread to put in the baskets. CSD Elementary Home and School Visitor Jen Mosher organized the list of families receiving a basket. Volunteers from the ...

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  • EP Students "Camp-In" At The Franklin Institute

    The Franklin Institute “camp-in” trip delivered an unforgettable experience for fifth grade students at CSD Elkins Park School this past weekend. The “camp-in” program allows students to get hands-on with science and explore the museum in a way that ordinary day trips don’t because...

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  • Jemma Bleu Greenbaum to Star in 30+ Performances of the Walnut Street Theatre’s “Matilda The Musical”

    Elkins Park sixth grader Jemma Bleu Greenbaum will make her Walnut Street Theatre (WST) debut this November through January, appearing as the lead character in more than 30 performances of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical.” Greenbaum will perform in half of the production run’s shows, mostly weeknights and a handful of matinees, splitting the title role with Philadelphian Ellie Biron. Previews begin on November 6, with the show opening November 14 and running through...

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  • Cheltenham School District Launches Mobile App

    This week, the Cheltenham School District launched a branded mobile application by SchoolMessenger. The app is available for download to mobile device in the App Store and Google Play. A collaboration between CSD Communications and Technology...

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  • CSD Receives $20K Safety Grant from PA Department of Education

    The Cheltenham School District has been awarded a $20,000 safety grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Safe Schools program. The funds will be utilized to create and launch the district’s threat assessment team. The Alexandria, Virginia-based...

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  • EP Fifth Grade Teacher, Cheltenham Native Andrew Vassall Publishes “The Black Crayon”

    Elkins Park fifth grade teacher and Cheltenham native Andrew Vassall has published his first book, the primary-level reader, “The Black Crayon.” According to Vassall, “The Black Crayon” is a colorful, vibrant and captivating story of a box of colorful crayons with one black crayon who struggles to be accepted. With the love of a little girl, Laila, the black ...

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  • EP's Lise Marlowe to Be Honored for Holocaust Education Efforts

    Elkins Park sixth grade teacher Lise Marlowe for her decades of Holocaust education at the Cheltenham School District at its 57th annual silent auction and dinner on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at Philmont Country Club. A national award winning teacher, Marlowe attributes her...

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  • Elkins Park Student Named Lead in Walnut Street Theatre Production of “Matilda the Musical”

    Elkins Park sixth grader Jemma Bleu Greenbaum has been cast as the lead in the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of Roald Dahl’s "Matilda the Musical." She will share the role with fellow actor Ellie Biron. The mainstage show opens Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, and closes Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. "Matilda The Musical" is the inspiring story of an extraordinary ...

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  • Cheltenham Student Council Partners with Komen in the Fight against Breast Cancer during “Pink Out” Week

    The Cheltenham Student Council is sponsoring its “Pink Out” partnership with the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Foundation. The 2018 “Pink Out” Week will run from October 8 -12, and culminate at the CHS football team’s “Pink Out” game versus Hatboro Horsham on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. The goal of this program is to raise awareness and funds to help more women and men in our community survive breast cancer. Under the umbrella of Dietz & Watson’s unique “Pretty in Pig”program...

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  • CSD Foundation’s Fifth Annual Food Truck Jamboree Raises Hits the Spot

    With food trucks for every taste, a dunk tank featuring CSD teachers and administrators, kids’ activities and silent auction and raffle with fabulous prizes, the fifth annual Cheltenham School District Foundation's Food Truck Jamboree held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at CHS raised funds for innovative educator grants. According to event chair...

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  • CSD Shows its Character

    On Wednesday, Sept. 26, CSD students and staff joined a celebration of the unique strengths which make people who they are as part of the fifth annual Character Day. An annual global event, Character Day brings together millions of people of all ages in schools, classrooms, companies, homes — anywhere people already gather — to engage...

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  • Cheltenham Young Playwright Winning Work Selected for Staged Readings

    Three Cheltenham School District plays will be performed as staged readings for the Philly Young Playwrights’ SaturPlay event on October 6 at Smith Playground (3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia). This free event is for the whole family and features four short plays of mystery, magic and mischief written by Philadelphia-area students and brought to life by the ...

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  • District Celebrates "Start With Hello" Week

    This week (September 24-28), the district will once again recognize Start with Hello Week, a national initiative to raise awareness and educate students and school communities about social isolation – the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely or treated like one is invisible. Start with Hello teaches students ...

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  • Cheltenham Students Take Center Stage at Philadelphia Young Playwrights Annual Festival

    Can Tony Award nominations be far behind? Aspiring playwrights from across the Cheltenham School District showed well at this year's Philadelphia Young Playwrights annual Playwriting Festival, capturing ...

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  • Cheltenham School District Foundation Awards Innovation Grants

    The Cheltenham School District Foundation awarded 24 grants totaling nearly $25,000 to 27 Cheltenham educators at this year’s school-opening festivities. The individual grants ranged from $1,500 to $100. Grant ideas included funding requests for creating classroom mindfulness spaces, an outdoor classroom...

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  • EP Students Create Bar Soap on Sale at Sparrow And Hawk Apothecary

    This past spring, as a part of a Lunch and Learn program, Elkins Park School students worked with the proprietors of Sparrow and Hawk Apothecary in Elkins Park Village near...

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  • Cheltenham Transportation Adds 40 Propane-Fueled Buses to Its Fleet

    The Cheltenham School District Board of Directors and Administration continue their commitment to sustainability through the introduction of 40 72-passenger propane-fueled buses to the existing Cheltenham Transportation fleet. Propane-fueled school buses provide a number of environmental advantages, including ...

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