Friday January 30, 2015 8:53 AM
This Week's District e-News

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Up Front

The make-up day for the snow day on January 27, 2015 will be Monday, February 16, 2015.

There will not be a Policy & Legislation Committee meeting in February. The next P&L Committee meeting will be held March 2, 2015 at 6 pm. The Curriculum & Instruction Committee Meeting scheduled for February 2, 2015 will begin at 6 pm.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PARCC? Click HERE for the PARCC eboard, which includes information pertaining to all grade levels tested, graduation requirements, sample test items and information regarding our PARCC Primer Series of interactive meetings for parents. 

The state of New Jersey's public hearing to allow the public a chance to voice its opinions about PARCC testing will be rescheduled. The new date will be posted on this web site as soon as it becomes available. Click HERE for details about the hearing and testimony process.

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE:  Representatives from the Board of Education and the Cherry Hill Education Association (CHEA) met Thursday, January 22, 2015, in a mediator-facilitated negotiation session. The Board appreciates the careful thought and dedication exhibited during this session and will continue to work with the CHEA toward a resolution. The next negotiation meeting, scheduled at the mediator's earliest availability, will be held Tuesday, February 17, 2015. For an explanation of the decision to include a mediator in negotiations, please click HERE. For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the negotiations process to date, please click HERE.

The contract negotiations process is ongoing, with the next meeting scheduled for January 22, 2015. Click for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the negotiations process.

It's that time of year when our 5th Graders begin thinking about where they would like to go to middle school. Click HERE for the dates and times of the Middle School 5th Grade Information Nights for 5th Graders and their parents. Click HERE for detailed information on Middle School Open Enrollment.

If your child will be 5 years old on or before October 1, 2015, he or she is eligible to start kindergarten at the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Click HERE for information on registering your child for public school for the first time.

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.

Looking for the current issue of CHPS Weekly? You can now find it in the News & Info section of this web site, or click HERE. Back issues also are available in New & Info, or by clicking HERE. Want to subscribe? Simply scroll to the bottom of this page and enter your email address in the designated box.

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.

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.

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.

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.

District News

Black Broadway Theater Group presents Legacy - An Original Musical, Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 7 pm, Cherry Hill High School East. Click HERE for a flyer with details.

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 1, "PARCC Overview," the full 90-minute session is available for viewing by clicking HERE. Part 2, "How It's Done," will be held February 3 & 4, 2015. Part 3, "What PARCC Means," will be held April 21 & 23, 2015. Click HERE for a flyer with details.

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

The Barclay Early Childhood Center will accept Applications for the 2015-2016 school year for any child who is 3 or 4 years old as of October 1, 2015. OPEN HOUSES are scheduled for Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 10 am and Wednesday, February 11 at 7 pm. We advise that these are PARENTS ONLY INFORMATION SESSIONS. Applications will be accepted from February 2, 2105 through March 2, 2015 at 4 pm. Click HERE for details and an application form.

Got Recycle Bank points? Beck Middle School would love to have them for a school-wide art project. Click HERE for details.

In keeping with our goal of being “Harte S.M.A.R.T,” Bret Harte is proud to announce its participation in the “Great Kindness Challenge” which will take place during the last week of January. The Great Kindness Challenge is a proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement. During this week, Bret Harte students will try to perform as many acts of kindness as possible. In 2014, 554,486 students in 1099 schools united and inspired 27,724,300 acts of kindness! Bret Harte wants to do its part to increase those totals this year. Kindness Counts!

Come to Bingo to benefit Joyce Kilmer's 5th grade class, Friday, January 30 at Cherry Hill West. Doors open at 6 pm for vendor shopping and bingo starts at 7 pm. Click HERE for details.

Waliya Rahman a seventh grader at Rosa International Middle School, has been nominated for the Envision National Young Leaders Conference, a seven-day summer conference for outstanding students. Congratulations, Waliya!

Upcoming Events

Save the date! On April 16, 2015, 7 pm at Cherry Hill High School West, renowned researcher Angela Duckworth, PhD, will conduct a lively presentation of her research on grit - the tendency to pursue challenging goals over years with perseverance and passion.  She'll also share her ideas about how we can cultivate grit in ourselves and in others. Click HERE for a short video TED Talk from Dr. Duckworth.

Mark your calendar for the first annual Graduation and Prom Expo, Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10 am-3 pm in CAF 1 at Cherry Hill High School East. Vendors needed! all proceeds benefit the Cherry Hill East library. Click HERE for a flyer with details and a vendor registration form.

Community News

Nominate someone in NJ who has made a difference in the lives of others for the Russ Berrie Award for Making A Difference.  Nominations accepted through February 13.  Info:  https://its.ramapo.edu/rbamd/.

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