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Chatham Park Updates for the Week of December 10


Upcoming Dates


December 14                      Deadline for the Shoe Drive

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 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




A HUGE thank you to all of the teachers and families who participated in the 3rd grade Service Club Food Drive for TLC Food Bank.  Cam from TLC said that our drive QUADRUPLED the biggest food drive they have ever had.  As a school we contributed a grand total of 2054 items.

Congratulations to the following classes for contributing OVER 100 items:
Mrs. Johns, Mrs. Webster, Mrs. Scanlon, Mrs. DiEnno, Mrs. Holder, Mr. Cleary , Mrs. Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Goggin
Congratulations to our winners – such a close contest with an enormous amount of items – both of these classes had OVER 200 food items to contribute…
Mrs. DiEnno and Mrs. Holder
(if this is too long, edit as you choose!)
Service Club  3rd AND 4th grade service clubs will meet on Dec 17 from 3:30-4:15 after school.  Each member attending should bring an unwrapped game, toy, or ball that will be donated to kids served by Project HOME whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.  Questions about this project can be emailed to “M” Haskell or Laura Freeman



Service Club Permission Form (for new students who haven’t filled one out yet)


We will be collecting gently used or new women’s shoes and boots to distribute to women in need in Camden from December 3 – December 14. Collection bins will be outside the main office and in the 5th grade hallway. Donations can also be dropped off at 567 Strathmore Rd. Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!


Book Fair –

A huge THANK YOU to all of the Parents who volunteered their time to help at the Book Fair. We could not have done it without you. The book sales resulted in raising more than $2800 for the school.

Thank you again!

 BOX TOPS- Thank you for collecting and sending in all your BoxTops for our October Collection- we collected 4310, and earned $431 for Chatham Park! Keep clipping, there will be another collection in January. Any questions, email Gina Fallon,





The 3rd grade service club is running a Chatham Park Food drive to stock the shelves at the TLC food pantry in Havertown.  Any non-perishable food items will be accepted but they are in great need of: canned fruit, coffee (both regular and instant), peanut butter, granola/breakfast bars.  The class with the most items gets an extra recess with Dr. Whitehead and the teacher of that class gets a Sam’s Brick Oven Pizza (Ardmore restaurant) gift card!  During November in school the students will be focusing on the Community of Caring value of CARING!  Show how much you CARE about others all month long!  Classroom boxes will be collected on November 30.

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:


5th Grade Yearbook Pictures Needed
Parents of 5th graders, please send in a baby pic of your child by December 15th to be included in the yearbook.  Pictures can be emailed to or hard copies can be sent in to your child’s homeroom teacher.  Hard copies will be returned.  Also, if you have any candids from years past, please send those in as well.  Candids need to be from a school event include at least three students.  Please indicate the grade of the students when the picture was taken.  Thanks for your help!



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 10, 2018