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Chatham Park Updates for the Week of January 14

Upcoming Dates

January 17                          3rd Grade Service Club Meeting

February 8                         Family Pasta Dance

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

February 20                       BOX TOPS Collection

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


BOX TOPS- February Collection
Please send in your Box Tops with your children to be collected by February 20- together we raised over $400 in October. All earnings will go toward recess/playground equipment. Thank you for clipping!



Intra- District Council (IDC) Update:

Mark your calendars for the school year 2020-2021. Haverford Township School District will have an earlier back to school start date of August 31, 2020. Due to a late Labor Day that year, in addition to the Lynnewood School construction timeline, this earlier start time was necessary. Please spread the word, so that all of our families are prepared for this change.



Help us pack 75 Hygiene Kits for Philadelphia homeless men, women and children.  3rd Grade Service Club Members will be organizing supplies and packing the bags.  Families with kids in any grades can contribute supplies for this project from now until Jan 17.  Items can be dropped off at the Haskell house 212 E Park Rd or brought to school.  3rd grade Service Club members will assemble the kits on Jan 17 after school.

The kits will be delivered to Project HOME so they can be distributed throughout the city on Jan 24 from 10pm-4am during the 2019 Point in Time Count.  Questions?

Click the link to donate items or learn more about the Point in Time Count.

13th Annual Chatham Park Talent Show

Mark your calendar, Chatham Park’s 13th Annual Talent Show is Sunday, March 31, 2018 1 PM.   We are looking for Chatham Park students (K-5) to perform in our 13th Annual Talent Show.

Click on the following link to sign-up and get full details and important show dates:
All performers must sign-up by February 4, 2019. Only one sign-up is required for group acts.

Questions? Send an email to our email address:

5th Grade Talent Show Finale

As part of the 13th Annual Chatham Park Talent Show, we are looking for 5th graders to participate in the choreographed 5th Grade Finale.

Click on the following link to sign-up and get full details and important dates: 5th grader interested must sign-up by February 18, 2019.

Questions? Send an email to our email address:

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 was emailed to all parents of 4th and 5th grade students from Dr. Whitehead.  

SCIENCE FAIR Google Sign-Up –

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).


    • Week of January 7 – Science Fair Committee to Introduce Science Fair in 4th and 5th Grade Classrooms
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 – Entry deadline for Poster design contest.
    • Monday, Feb 1, 2019 – Entry deadline for project proposal
  • 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 

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:




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 January 14, 2019