Tuesday October 21, 2014 7:54 AM
This Week's District e-News

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Up Front

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 http://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/faq/ev_faq.pdf 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.

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. To ensure delivery in time for the December holidays, please return the order form that your child brought home by October 15, or click HERE for the order form to print and mail in by October 15…or order online at www.cherryhilleducationfoundation.com.  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.

The Board of Education approved the 2014-2015 District calendar on March 25, 2014. Click HERE for the calendar. The Board also approved the 2015-2016 District calendar on May 27, 2014. Click HERE for the 2015-2016 calendar.

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.

Click HERE for an Welcome Back video message from Dr. Maureen Reusche, Superintendent of Schools.

Back-to-School Night dates and times are set! Click for a complete list.

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.

There are many new faces in our schools' principal's offices this year. Two new principals, Mr. Sean Sweeney and Mr. Eugene Park, join Clara Barton and A. Russell Knight Elementary Schools, respectively. Click HERE to see a "who's who" of our principals in all of our buildings.

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

To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, the Cherry Hill High School West Spanish for Heritage Classes conducted their annual “Heritage Tour."  The high school students visited Kilmer, Paine and Barton Elementary Schools, as well as Carusi and Rosa Middle Schools. While visiting the schools, the students performed traditional songs from Cuba as well as traditional dances from Peru and Costa Rica, with plenty of participation among the audience members! Click HERE for photos from the event.

Congratulations to all of our teachers who participated in Jake's Run4Play 5K run and family event to raise money for the Jake's Place playground. Special recognition to Alex Bon, vocal music teacher at Kingston Elementary, who won the 5K race with a time of 00:21:53 (21 minutes and 53 seconds)! Click HERE for more information on Jake's Place and photos from the event.

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!

Energy-saving improvements are being installed in many District buildings this summer! Click HERE to see before and after photos of some of the boiler work being done throughout the District.

School News

East theater students present The Cherry Hill High School East Dinner Theatre, Friday, October 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Proceeds from this all-you-can-eat buffet and entertainment benefit the students going on the London Theatre Trip 2015. Tickets are available starting October 13 during LB1 and LB2 in A023. Mr. Weaver and Mr. Gambino will take preorders for $14 a seat. Tickets at door cost $15. Come for a night of singing and acting - some of the student performers also will be your waiters. Click HERE for details.

Two more schools have taken on the Ice Bucket Challenge. At A. Russell Knight Elementary, on September 19, Principal Eugene Park and 26 members of the ARK staff carried out the challenge extended by Barton Principal Sean Sweeney and the Barton staff. The ARK staff has donated almost $300 to the ALS Foundation. On October 1, Cooper Elementary carried out the ALS ice bucket challenge after being challenged by Kingston’s Principal Bill Marble. Cooper staff and students raised $210.06 over the course of one week, and all funds will be donated to the ALS Foundation. Click HERE to see pictures from both Ice Bucket Challenges. Click HERE to learn more about ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge.

As National Bullying Prevention Month begins on October 1, we recognize the Athletes Against Bullying organization at Cherry Hill High School East. Click HERE for more information on the work of this group.

Upcoming Events

SAT/ACT Practice Test Fundraiser: Experience a full-length SAT or ACT at the Tutoring Club of Cherry Hill on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 8:30 am- 12:30 pm. The $35 fee includes full analysis, including score, strength and weakness areas, timing and strategy analysis, available by November 10. Open to all high school students. Space is limited - reserve now! Register with the Tutoring Club at 856-616.-808 or at alan@tutoringclubch.com Proceeds benefit Cherry Hill High School East’s PTA.

Horace Mann Elementary is holding a Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 15, from 9 am to 3 pm. Interested sellers should contact Allison Peters at mannbazaar@aol.com and volunteers should contact Nikkia Sharpe at sharpe852@gmail.com Click HERE for details about the event.

Community News

Trinity Community Concert Series is celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season! The season opens on Sunday, October 26th at 4 pm with a joint performance by two acclaimed South Jersey a cappella groups: The Pine Barons Chorus and Jersey Sound Chorus. Double your listening pleasure and join us in the sanctuary of Trinity Presbyterian Church, 499 Route 70 East, Cherry Hill, for a fun-filled performance that the entire family will enjoy!  Admission is a free-will offering. A reception with light refreshments will follow the concert.  All are welcome! Click HERE for details.

The Cherry Hill Township Arts Council is sponsoring a concert “The Voices” that will feature three professional sopranos from the Academy of Vocal Arts, along with two aspiring sopranos from Cherry Hill High School East. Senior Patricia Irwin and Junior Abigayle Stoetzer will be a part of this very special concert Sunday, October 26 at 3 pm. The concert will take place at Croft Farm, 100 Bortons Mill Road. For ticket information and more details, click HERE.

Teen Social Scene, a program developed to bring together teens with special needs and their typically developing peers, is hosting a Halloween Party on Friday, October 17, from 6-8 pm. All high school students in Cherry Hill are invited. Community service credits are available for those who participate. Click HERE for more information.

Mrs. Carole Roskoph, English teacher at Cherry Hill High School West and Cherry Hill Township Councilwoman, is preparing to rappel down a 31-story buiding in Philadelphia on October 24, 2014, to raise money and awareness for Outward Bound, a non-profit, outdoor education program. In order to rappel, Mrs. Roskoph must raise $2,000 for Outward Bound. For more information or to donate, go to www.firstgiving.com and search Carole Roskoph's page.

Sustainable Cherry Hill is hosting its 2nd annual Food Day Event, October 30, 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 401 N Kings Highway, Cherry Hill. Confused about eating sustainably? Facing dilemmas about Local vs. Organic foods and more? Taste, Learn, and Take Action. Food Expo 6-7pm Panel discussion 7-9pm.  FREE to register. For more information visit SCH  http://www.sustainablecherryhill.org

Sunday, October 19, 2014 is the 3rd annual Dolphin Dash! The Downs Farm Swim Club fundraiser will benefit the Down's Farm Swim & Dive teams and Challenger Baseball of Cherry Hill. Challenger Baseball of Cherry Hill provides the Little League baseball experience to special needs and disabled children, ages 5-19, regardless of their ability level or mobility. The 5K will start at 9 am; participant check-in starts at 7:30 am. The event begins and ends at Horace Mann Elementary School (150 Walt Whitman Blvd, Cherry Hill, NJ). Parking is available at the event Start/Finish area. A water station will be provided during the race. Water and refreshments will be provided at the course finish. 5K participants may register online at http://tnteventmanagement.com/events.html

Mayor Chuck Cahn and the Cherry Hill Township Council invite you to the Harvest Festival and Fire & Life Safety Day, Sunday, October 19 from noon-4 pm at Croft Farm. This free event includes a costume parade, petting zoo, Kid Card ID, valuable fire safety information and an emergency and antique fire vehicle display. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned and non-perishable food items to the festival to benefit the Cherry Hill Food Pantry. Click HERE for details.

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