Friday December 19, 2014 10:40 AM
This Week's District e-News

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Up Front

Making plans for GRADUATION? Click for the dates and times of our middle and high school graduations.

Parents of private school children who are considering attending either Cherry Hill High School East or Cherry Hill High School West in September 2015 are invited to attend our Guidance Orientations and High School Open Houses beginning in January. Click HERE for dates, times and locations. Click HERE for a letter explaining the registration process.

High school interim reports will now be issued on a paperless basis. Click HERE for a letter with details. Click HERE for instructions on how to retrieve your high school student's interim report online.

Members of the Cherry Hill community, as well as students and parents in the Cherry Hill Public Schools, have begun to express curiosity about the status of the teachers' contract. Click HERE for the December 5, 2014 CHPS Weekly letter discussing this topic. To receive the CHPS Weekly e-newsletter, enter your email address in the box at the bottom of the District web site home page.

The 2015-2016 District calendar includes several changes compared to the current year. The 2015-2016 school year will start on September 1, 2015, six days before Labor Day. School will be open on Election Day, November 3, 2015. Click HERE for the full 2015-2016 calendar.

Check out the new Cherry Hill Public Schools YouTube Channel, where we're posting videos from events around the District. Click HERE to view.

Work on our facilities and beyond continues. We're happy to show you our completed projects! Click HERE for the latest update with pictures.

Back issues of the Cherry Hill School District's weekly e-newsletter, CHPS Weekly, now are available on our web site! Click the "News & Info" link on the left side of the home page to access each issue since August 15, 2014. Not yet receiving CHPS Weekly? Enter you email address in the designated space at the bottom of the home page.

UPDATE: The US Department of Education has provided school districts with additional resources for parents regarding Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68). Click HERE for a fact sheet, "What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D-68." The DOE's brochure, "Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68" is available by clicking HERE. In addition, the New Jersey Department of Health's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document regarding EV-D68 is available at and is continuously updated, so please check back often. We will continue to monitor the instances of the virus throughout the State and will be in contact with additional information if necessary.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns regarding EV-D68 and your child, please contact your building principal.

Director of Security Michael Nuzzo presented the annual Violence, Vandalism, Weapons & Substance Abuse Report at the Board of Education Action Meeting on October 21, 2014. Click HERE for the full report.

Order now! The Cherry Hill Education Foundation has created a new board game called “Cherry Hill-opoly”! The game will showcase the Township of Cherry Hill and the Cherry Hill Public Schools in the traditional Monopoly® format that we all know and love.  All proceeds will be used by the Foundation to fund grants in the Cherry Hill Public Schools.  Games are $40 each. Please return the order form that your child brought home, or click HERE for the order form to print and mail in…or order online at  Don’t miss the chance to own what is sure to become a treasured keepsake! Thank you for your support! 

The Cherry Hill Public Schools App now includes “Stream.” Stream consolidates the view of News, Calendar Events, Notifications and Alerts into a single location to avoid hunting through several places to get all of this information. Stream is designed to save you time and provide easy viewing of the information. It is placed in the first position on the app. Still haven't downloaded our free ParentLink App? Click for details.

At the BOE Action meeting on August 26, 2014, the Board of Education approved the Cherry Hill Public Schools Mission Statement and Board Goals for the 2014-2015 school year. Click HERE for the statement and goals.

The Cherry Hill School District Sustainability Plan is focused on forging a new paradigm for what we do, based on an ethos of social, economic and ecological sustainability and regeneration. Click HERE for a full presentation of the plan.

Click HERE for a video message from Dr. Reusche, which details facilities improvements made throughout the district during the past five years, reviews projects that are currently underway, and outlines plans for the future.   Also, for a recap of activities and accomplishments from 2013-2014, click HERE.

The Cherry Hill School District operates a tuition-supported Extended Day Child Care program for kindergarten students. The program operates each day that school is in session. EDCC's trained professional staff provides a safe and stimulating program of kindergarten enrichment activities (playtime, arts, crafts, games, nature, science, music and movement activities). Click HERE and select EDCC Registration for more information.

District News

As curiosity about the upcoming PARCC assessments grows, the Cherry Hill School District is sponsoring "PARCC Primer," a series of community discussions beginning in December about this new assessment process.  If you were unable to attend Part I, "PARCC Overview," the full 90-minute session is available for viewing by clicking HERE. Part II, "How It's Done," will be held February 3 & 4, 2015. Part III, "What PARCC Means," will be held April 21 & 23, 2015. Click HERE for a flyer with details.

Cherry Hill High School East is in the news! Click HERE for the Courier-Post article about the school's diversity.

Congratulations to the 15 Cherry Hill Schools students who placed in the local and county competitions for the 2014-2015 National PTA Reflections’ Contest with projects relating to the theme, “The World Would Be a Better Place If...”  The Awards of Excellence recipients will move on to the state competition. Click for a list of results. Good luck to all!

The Barclay Early Childhood Center has openings for 3 & 4 year old boys and girls in the PM session (1-3:30); five days a week.  They could start as early as December 1, 2014 if paperwork and registration is complete.  A $300 deposit is required for first and last month.  Payments would be $150/month starting on the 15th of the first month of attendance.  Families need to be residents of Cherry Hill and children have to be potty trained.  If interested, please contact COLLEEN THOMPSON, Secretary at Barclay, 429-7283, Ext 4010.

The date for Volley for Support is set: April 17, 2015! The wonderful charities that will benefit from this fundraiser are Camp No Worries and Camp Erin. See you there!

School News

Congratulations to Hannah Kim who auditioned and placed into the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Honor Choir! 1,405 singers auditioned for the 300 member choir. We wish Hannah the best as she performs at the ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah this February. Her experience will include not only working with the nationally-renowned Dr. Andre Thomas but also alongside the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!

East Vocal Department is also proud to announce two students who placed into the All-Eastern Honor Choir. Juliet Bender and Patricia Irwin will perform in Rhode Island this January. Congratulations to these students and their directors Laurie Lausi and Heather Lockart.

The students at Bret Harte Elementary School have demonstrated once again that they are Harte Smart. At Harte, being "SMART"  means that you have demonstrated one or more of the characteristics of a Harte Student  They are: S- striving, M-mindful of others, A-acceptance, R-responsibility and T- teamwork. This year our students were mindful of others as they collected over $5,000.00 for the Pennies for Patients Program. As a team, the students, families and staff collected "pennies" and other monies to help The Leukemia and Lymphoma's Society's mission to cure blood cancers and improve the lives of patients and families. Students who collected fifty dollars or more were entered into a raffle with other schools across the country to be eligible to win a GoPro Camera. The following students will be entered in the drawing: Olivia Ding, Elad Hayon, Dylan Pirylis, Jacob Shanks, Peter Luongo,Gabrielle Kramer, Jake Weitzman, Daniel Jacobs, Jack Weinberg, David Kane, and Jack Svaboda. Way to be Harte Smart!

Rosa International Middle School is now on Twitter! Follow us: @RIMStweets for the latest school news and information.

Cherry Hill East's gift card fundraiser is now underway. Buy gifts for family, friends, coaches, and teachers without  the hassles of holiday shopping. Order gift cards through this program for upcoming holiday gifts and everyday purchases like food, gas, restaurants, and retailers. There's NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU and merchants give the East PTA a percentage back on each card you purchase. It's easy, saves you time and it helps support Project Graduation! Feel free to share order form with friends and relatives. Don't miss this great opportunity! For more information, visit the PTA E-board by clicking HERE. Orders are due December 5, 2014. Pick-up: December 15, 2014 from 6-7 pm in East's Main Lobby by the Communications Window. Any questions, please call or email Jodi Gorenberg (424-4972) JGSUNSHINE@AOL.COM or Karen Benson (424-1970) JK_BENSON@VERIZON.NET.

Upcoming Events
Community News

Come out and see great hockey action with the Checkmates Charitable Association taking on the Philadelphia Flyers Alumni. The proceeds will benefit Inflammatory Bowel Disease research. Barclay parent, Justin Mirigliani, who suffers from Ulcerative Colitis, is spearheading the event, which will be held on January 10, 2015 in Aston, PA at the Ice Works Arena ( The puck drops at 7:30 pm. For details about this event, please see the website, or e-mail Justin at for more info.

And Finally…

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