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Cynwyd Elementary School


Principal's Welcome

Dr. Daniel Martino, Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,

Welcome to Cynwyd Elementary School!

In February 1914, the Lower Merion School Board of Montgomery County in Southeastern Pennsylvania approved a lease of land from the Lower Merion Academy and built Cynwyd Elementary School. Although the building was still under construction, 189 students entered school on January 4, 1915. The original building had eight classrooms, the ones now fronting Levering Mill Road. Each classroom represented one grade, with the exception of grades seven and eight, which were combined.

In 1920, the cafeteria and auditorium/gymnasium were added along with more classrooms, which more than doubled the size of the school. In 1938, the building was remodeled creating more classroom space, modernizing the cafeteria and updating the heating, clock, bell and telephone systems. In 1967, a classroom/library wing was added to Cynwyd. Beginning in 1998 the library wing was demolished and was rebuilt. The original structure also went through renovations while the Cynwyd children attended school at the site of Belmont Hills Elementary School. Cynwyd reopened in September 7, 1999. The new structure includes a spacious atrium which provides a view of the Academy Building, Lower Merion's Township's, first education center.

Cynwyd School is an educational community rich in academic and cultural tradition, and built on a foundation of close collegial partnerships with the universal belief that our students are our greatest asset. At Cynwyd School, talented and dedicated staff members, enthusiastic children, involved parents, and a supportive community join forces to create a productive, positive, and engaging learning environment for the children. Cynwyd staff members deliver a curriculum that is challenging, innovative, and balanced with a broad range of experiences in the cognitive, affective, physical, and social/emotional domains. Staff members collaborate frequently, building a school characterized by collegiality and professional growth. Cynwyd parents are outstanding in their support and encouragement of their children and their school. They send us children with a broad range of experiences who are excited about learning. Cynwyd parents devote enormous time and energy to the school, serving as invaluable partners in their children's education. Our Home and School Association members sponsor a range of activities and fund-raising projects in order to enrich and support the strong academic program. Social events are scheduled regularly to continue to build a strong sense of community among the families.

Each year, a group of parents and staff members on the Human Relations Committee establish goals for the year that help to foster a caring, safe, and respectful environment for all members of the school community. In addition, Student Council members from each classroom take a leadership role in representing the suggestions and concerns of their peers in monthly meetings with staff members. Student Council members also sponsor many school-wide activities that benefit the school and the community, such as making breakfast bags for homeless shelters, sponsoring a videoconference and walk-a-thon for Alex's Lemonade Stand, and organizing school spirit days and assemblies.

The Cynwyd Staff, the Home and School Association, the Human Relations Committee and the Student Council developed this Cynwyd School Mission Statement which guides us each day as we work to ensure the success and well being of each child:

Our mission is to develop a love of learning, a sense of social responsibility, and a belief in the value of every individual. In partnership with school, home, and community, students will work toward becoming creative and critical thinkers, problem solvers, and decision makers. By promoting the student's responsibility in the learning process, we encourage each individual to become a contributing member of society.

Thank you for visiting our Cynwyd Elementary School Website. Please browse through our website to learn more about our school and contact someone in the Main Office at 610-645-1430 if you have questions and/or comments. Office and staff Blackboards will give you additional information about school activities, learning opportunities, and school procedures.


Dr. Daniel Martino