Monday April 21, 2014 9:03 AM
This Week's District e-News

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Up Front

SNOW MAKE-UP DAYS FOR SENIORS will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8 am – 12:15 pm and Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 8 am - 12:15 pm.

An SAT/PSAT Tutorial, sponsored by the Cherry Hill Guidance Departments, will be available to students this summer. The 4-day, 14-hour workshop (28 hours if taking both Math and Verbal), will be held the weeks of July 28-31; August 4-7; and August 11-14. Sessions are available from 9 am - 12:30 pm; 1 pm - 4:30 pm; or 5 pm - 8:30 pm. Workshops will be held at Cherry Hill High Schools East and West. Click HERE for more information and a registration form.

Save the date! Thinking about upcoming college essays? The Cherry Hill Guidance Departments are sponsoring a 4-day, 13-hour workshop, The College Essay: A Tutorial this summer. The workshop will be offered the weeks of July 28-31; August 4-7; and August 11-14. Session hours will be 9 am - 12:15 pm; 1 pm - 4:15 pm; or 4:45 pm - 8 pm. Workshops will be held at Cherry Hill High Schools East and West. Click HERE for more information and a registration form.

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

The District calendar for the 2013-2014 school year has been amended to 180 days for students to adjust for snow days. This means the make-up day for the March 3 snow day will be June 19. The make-up day for the February 13 snow day will be June 18. High school graduations will take place as scheduled on June 17. March 14 will be a full school day to make up for the snow day on February 3. 

Still haven't downloaded our new, free ParentLink App? Click for details.

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.

High school Course of Study orientation sessions will begin in January at our middle schools, followed by open houses at our high schools later in the month. Click HERE for a letter detailing the sessions, including dates and times.Click HERE for a Power Point presentation on 2014-2015 Course Offerings for High School Freshmen.

District News

Join “SAT Boot Camp” and help benefit the Project Graduation programs for both Cherry Hill East and West. The session runs Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Cherry Hill. Click HERE for more information.

Is your family interested in sharing your way of life with a student from Spain?  This summer, on behalf of Global Friendships, the Cherry Hill School District will be welcoming 32 students from Spain to the South Jersey area, 16 in July and 16 in August, to experience life in America.  The goal of the program is to promote learning and cultural awareness for both Spanish students as well as their American host families. Click HERE for more information about this worthwhile program.

For your planning purposes... click for the dates of the high school and middle school graduations in June 2014!  (Please note – the middle school dates are subject to change depending upon weather-related school closings.)

Thursday afternoon ESL classes for parents of Cherry Hill students will begin on Jan. 9 in the Cherry Hill West library from 4-5:30 pm.  Tuesday evening classes will be held at the William G. Rohrer Center at Camden County College from 5:30-6:30 pm. Click HERE for more information.

Free and reduced lunch applications...Please note that a new free/reduced lunch application must be submitted each year! Unless you received a letter indicating that your child has been directly certified, you must complete a free/reduced lunch application for the 2013-2014 school year, even if your child was eligible in 2012-2013.  Students who were eligible in 2012-2013 but have not submitted an application will revert to paid status in mid-October and will not be eligible for free or reduced lunch until a new application is submitted. Applications are accessible on the district website by clicking HERE.

School News

Carusi & Company presents Disney’s Aladdin, JR., Friday, April 25 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, April 26 TWO SHOWS at 2 pm and 7:30 pm at Carusi Middle School: 315 Roosevelt Dr. Cherry Hill. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $7. General Seating.

Students from Mrs. Kerry Molino’s art classes at Sharp Elementary School are competing in the Endangered Species Coalition’s Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. You can view the semi-finalists’ artwork HERE. The grand prize and grade category winners of the 2014 contest will be chosen by a panel of artists, photographers and wildlife experts. Good luck, Sharp contestants!

Students and staff at Kingston Elementary School marked Autism Awareness Month on April 9 by forming a large “Autism Ribbon” in front of the school. The event included story time for students, with two books relating to autism read by Mr. Sheckman, Kingston principal. Cherry Hill Township Councilwoman Melinda Kane presented the school with a proclamation recognizing its awareness efforts. Congratulations to all on this wonderful event!

JF Cooper Elementary School PTA is pleased to invite you to our COACH BAG BINGO EXTRAVAGANZA on April 22. Why is it an extravaganza? Because your $30 admission fee includes the following: 11 rounds of BINGO with the chance to win 11 beautiful Coach bags, entry into the door-prize drawing, free buffet and $2 drinks! It's also a great cause: help us raise money for needed technology, including iPads, for our students. This event is open to the community. Click HERE for more information and an order form, or contact Lauren Thompson at laurenthompson@verizon.net.

East Project Graduation is holding a gift card fundraiser for the next few weeks. Orders are due by Thursday April 24th. All profits go to Project Graduation. Orders will be delivered before Mother’s Day and are great for Father’s Day and Graduation too. Click HERE for more information and an order form.

The West Jazz Ensemble took part in the 2014 NJIAJE State Prelims on March 12 and has been selected to compete in the State Finals in Princeton on April 26 against 8 other finalists.  Congratulations to these fine young musicians on this tremendous accomplishment!

The new graduation date for Beck Middle School is Thursday, June 19, 2014, 9:30 am at Cherry Hill High School East. The new graduation date for Carusi Middle School is Thursday, June 19, 2014, 9:30 am at Cherry Hill High School West. The new graduation date for Rosa Middle School is Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 4 pm at Cherry Hill High School East.

Rosa International Middle School sixth grader Susannah Balderstone recently broke two NJ records in gymnastics.  Susannah scored a 9.775 on floor and a 38.650 in in the State of New Jersey All Around Gymnastics meet.  Both scores broke the New Jersey state record. Susannah will represent Team New Jersey at Regionals on March 29, 2014 in Doylestown, PA, at Delaware Valley College.

Cherry Hill East is making history with their first Poet Residency Workshop with Lamont Dixon on April 22 and 25.  The workshops are part of the brand new Poetry-in-the-Schools Initiative, spearheaded by English teachers, Skye Silverstein and Alicia DeMarco.  The residency is made possible by the New Jersey Writers Project, a co-sponsorship of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, along with the Cherry Hill Education Foundation and Cherry Hill East PTA. Click for details.

Upcoming Events

The Cherry Hill Education Foundation is pleased to present the 2014 “Dancing with the Cherry Hill Stars” on Sunday, May 4 at 7 pm in the New Auditorium at Cherry Hill High School West.  Sixteen couples, including teachers, students, school administrators, alumni and members of the business community, will compete in an exciting contest to raise money for the Cherry Hill Public Schools.  Special performances by the Cherry Hill School Board (with students), and by last year’s “Jersey Boys” will enhance the show. Guest celebrity judge, Jeremiah Trotter, will join the judges’ table with Marjie Major, Katie Nanni and Arnie Silver.  Music by East’s Orchestra will add to the elegance of this “Hollywood” evening. Tickets are available online at www.cherryhilleducationfoundation.com or in the Activities Offices at Cherry Hill High School East and West. Click HERE for more information about the event.

The Chinese School of South Jersey will hold an Open House on Sunday May 4 at Carusi Middle School at 2 pm. Click HERE for more information.

Mark your calendar for a great community event! The 5th annual Cherry Hill Earth Festival will be on Saturday, April 26 from 10 am - 2 pm at Croft Farm in Cherry Hill. Events include a Family Fun Bike Ride, student displays and performances, recycling drop-off opportunities, a plant exchange and "green" crafters and vendors. Click HERE for details.

Click HERE for a list of dates and times of events in our schools over the next two weeks!

Community News

The Great Italians is the next concert at the newly renovated Croft Farm Arts Center (100 Bortons Mill Road) on Sunday May 4 at 3 pm, during Art Blooms Week. The concert features Philadelphia Orchestra Cellist, Bob Cafaro, who will be performing selections from Puccini and more. Singers from the Ocean City Pops and Academy of Vocal Arts will be performing the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Luciano Pavarotti, Mario Lanza and many more! Buy your tickets today (the last concert was sold out). For information or to reserve tickets: 856-488-7868 or email Arts@CHTownship.com

Cherry Hill High School West will hold its annual Community Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, April 26th 8 am – 1 pm to benefit Project Graduation. Last year we had 100+ sellers & great buys. Sellers spots are still available for $20. For more information, contact Cherry at cherryparker2101@yahoo.com

The Cherry Hill Fire Department presents its 15th annual refresher program for lifeguards, Saturday, May 10 or Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the William G. Rohrer Center for Health Fitness in Voorhees from 6 to 8:30 pm. This is NOT a recertification program. Click HERE for details.

Camden County’s second annual Parenting Conference: Raising The Next Generation, will be held on Saturday, April 12 from 9 am-2 pm at Pennsauken High School, 800 Hylton Road, Pennsauken. This is a totally FREE event that features: 30 workshops: an ongoing complimentary brunch; Keynote speaker June Grushka Rosen, a Haddonfield Life Coach, family therapist and author who will talk about coaching the family to success;giveaway bags and more. Winners of this year's County Poster Contest for school children will be announced as well. Click HERE for more information.

The Cherry Hill Public Library will present the free parent education evening “OMG! MOVING OUT?! OFF TO COLLEGE! R U READY?” on Monday, May 5.  We’ll discuss a variety of issues and concerns, from laundry to alcohol everywhere.  Click HERE for more information.

South Jersey Ballet Theater presents Cinderella, opening May 9, 2014. Click HERE for more information.

The Cherry Hill Fire Department will present its 15th Annual In-Service Refresher Program for Lifeguards on Saturday, May 10 or Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 6 - 8:30 pm. Click for more information. 

The Miracle League baseball league for kids with disabilities, and a past recipient of funds from Volley for Support, will be taking sign-ups beginning March 29, 2014. Click HERE for more information.

The Tutoring Club is offering practice test sessions with the cost benefitting the Cherry Hill East Theater Department. Take a full-length SAT or ACT practice test on March 30 for $35. All proceeds benefit Cherry Hill East Theater Boosters, and the session is open to all high school students. Click HERE for more information.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday beginning Feb. 4, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be at Town Hall to assist residents ages 55 and up in preparing their 2013 state and federal tax returns, as well as Homestead Benefit Credit and Property Tax Reimbursement forms. Click HERE for more information

The Animal Welfare Association of Voorhees is partnering with Cherry Hill Township and Camden County to offer, at no charge, spay/neuter surgery and a rabies vaccine for any cat (pet/owned, stray, or feral/community) that lives anywhere in the township. Not only does this program allow cat caregivers to save money on vital healthcare for their cats, it can also reduce taxpayer money spent on animal control services AND helps to save the lives of thousands of cats who might otherwise be euthanized at Camden County Animal Shelter.  Click HERE for a flyer with details!

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