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The official site of the Chatham Park Home & School Association

Chatham Park Updates

Upcoming Dates



December 17                      3rd and 4th Grade Service Clubs Meet

Feb 11 or 13                        Talent Show Dress Rehearsal 3:30-5:00

February 27                        Fifth Grade Talent Show Dress Rehearsals

March 6                               Fifth Grade Talent Show Dress Rehearsals

March 13                             Fifth Grade Talent Show Dress Rehearsal

March 15                             Science Fair

March 25                            Talent Show Dress Rehearsal @ high school 6 pm-8 pm

March 31                            Chatham Park Talent Show at the high school

May 18                                Maniac Magee and Mayfair




Bulldog Browser Directories
Copies of the Bulldog Browser school directory have gone home to all families who paid their HASA dues this year.  If you did not receive a directory and think you should have, please contact  We have few extra copies, so if you did not yet pay your HASA dues, you can send in your $25 dues now and you’ll receive a directory.  First come, first served.  Thank you for your support of HASA!

18th Annual SCIENCE FAIR at Chatham Park (March 15, 2019)

WHO:  4th and 5th grade students are invited to participate in the Science Fair! Participation is completely voluntary.

SCIENCE PROJECT:  Projects can be about ANY kind of science that interests the student.  It can be an experiment or a report and shouldn’t be costly (under $20).  Students may choose to work independently or with a friend from the same grade.  A Science Fair Packet and a Google Sign-Up will be emailed to all parents of 4th and 5th grade students; this email will come from Dr. Whitehead. 

POSTER and Program DESIGN CONTEST: All Students (Grades K-5) can enter an original, science-based drawing. The winning design will be printed on promotional posters (hanging throughout the school) and Science Fair Programs (handed out the night of the fair)..


  • Winter break – This is a great time to consider ideas and begin planning.
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 – Entry deadline for Poster design contest.
  • Monday, Feb 1, 2019 – Project proposal due to homeroom teacher – alternatively, students may sign-up in google sign-up sheet
  • January 28 to February 15, 2019 – Meet with ‘science fair coach’ during I/E.  Discuss proposal and get some tips about the scientific method.
  • Friday, February 22, 2019 – Receive your science fair display board.
  • Friday, March 15, 2019 – Science Fair 

REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS:  Seeking science-minded individuals who would like to assist in coaching the students with their projects.  All coaches must have school clearances.  We will be setting up time during the weeks of Jan 28  through Feb 15 to meet with the students.  If you are interested, please email


Running Club…Running Corner

Practice Days for Chatham’s Track Team have been set so now Running Club Days can be selected for 2019 Running Clubs.  And planning can begin!
Chatham’s school track practices are as follows:
   – Monday (5th co-ed)
   – Wednesday (4th co-ed)
Exact start dates to be announced early 2019.  Materials will be sent from Teacher Coaches to all kids in 4th/5th grade in 2019.
Running Clubs’ days and group capacity are set by respective parent volunteer coaches. So Previous Coaches – keep an eye on your email for a note from 2019 Co-Chairs in the coming days/weeks.   If you have not had an opportunity to coach yet and are available or interested for this year please email one of the Co-Chairs for more information.  Running Clubs begin meeting in March 2019.
Both Track and Running Clubs will continue to meet on school grounds after school and are Free of Charge to those participating.
Important Dates:
May 18th – Chatham’s 21st annual Maniac Magee
May 2019 – Haverford District Track Meet

Thank you everyone!!!

2019 Running Club Co-Chairs
Liz Radosti-Chapman (



Parent Volunteers Need Clearances and they last 5 years
You’ll find everything you need here:



Talent Show Save the Dates

Above in the “Upcoming Dates” section are the listed dates for the Talent Show, hopefully that will make it easier for everyone to plan ahead.   Questions about the Talent Show email

Rachel Canterino  at


Open HASA Positions looking for volunteers:

Positions Open for 2019-2020 School year

School Supply Coordinator:

Coordinating sale and delivery of school supplies for the first day of school with 1st Day School Supply Company.  Please let us know if you are interested and we can put you in contact with this year’s chair to get details.

Staff Appreciation Day Coordinator (shadow)

We are looking for an individual to shadow this year’s coordinator and assist with Staff Appreciation Day.  Please advise if you are interested and we can put you in contact with this year’s coordinator for more information.


We also have several volunteer opportunities still open.  Please take a look and consider donating some time! :

Book Fair Shadows  –  The Book Fair is an annual event in the fall that requires coordination with Scholastic Books and the school to sell books to the children in the library, during a family night event, and online.   Traditionally it’s been a one person chair, but as the responsibilities of the book fair have increased there should be two to three people organizing this event in the future.  Please contact Beth Morales at if you would like to discuss.

Art Volunteers:  work with Mrs. Cohen (art teacher) to display the children’s beautiful artwork throughout Chatham Park Hallways

Webmaster:  maintains and updates website as needed.

Fifth Grade Awards Coordinator:  Pick-up awards at Kelly’s Trophies and pick up gift cards.  (May)

Fifth Grade Awards Reception: (typically 4th grade parent) Plans and coordinates a reception for 5th students and parents/guardians, immediately following the awards ceremony.  All dietary needs should be kept in consideration while planning this event. ( I.e. gluten, peanut, tree nut, red dye allergies etc.)

May Fair (shadows):  May Fair is a day when the Chatham Park community comes together for a day of packed full of fun including:  Games, food, entertainment and more! This would be a great opportunity to shadow the chairpersons! You can get the hands on experience assisting with the event while learning from those who have been running it!  Definitely a great opportunity!!!

We’re looking for one or two more individuals to help round out the group (shadows for future takeover). We’ve a group of 7-8 right now and anyone interested in party planning, non profit fundraising, marketing, etc. welcome.  Minimal fall effort with major planning to begin after Jan 1.

Running Club: (shadows) ​coordinates with parent coaches a program for interested students to follow to prepare them to run in the Maniac Magee.
This is a perfect time to learn from those who have been running it.
If any of these positions interest you or you would like to get more information, please contact us at
Posted December 19, 2018