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What’s Good in the Neighborhood, May 20, 2019

2019-05-20T22:49:09-04:00

Gratitude The day after the CNH birthday party, I received an email from a parent excited about finding a school that provides the benefits of small town living in Baltimore city. It reminded me of the years I lived in New York City. I found Manhattan to be a collection of small towns existing on top of one another. I lived in South Harlem, walked to my high school in East Harlem, and took the M4 bus to my doctoral program at Columbia University every afternoon. Walking to school every morning, I saw the same doormen, crossed the same people on [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, May 20, 20192019-05-20T22:49:09-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, May 13, 2019

2019-05-14T12:20:23-04:00

A Time to Celebrate What a fantastic week we had in CNH-land last week! Students made CNH gear, ate cupcakes, created banners, sang to the school, and helped to fix-up our playground -- all with the goal of celebrating 10 years of our school. It has been a wonderful time of reflecting upon the school, looking into the future, and appreciating today. I am excited for Friday (6:30-9:30) at the CNH Birthday Party as we FULLY celebrate our school and everyone who has made it what it is! A Look Ahead... May 6-17: 10 Days of CNH Tenth Year Birthday Celebration [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, May 13, 20192019-05-14T12:20:23-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, May 6, 2019

2019-05-06T23:00:49-04:00

A Time To Celebrate In the last 33 days of the school year, as we turn our attention toward summer and next year, it is important to remember to turn back with gratitude on what has brought us to this place. Our school is turning 10-years-old at the end of this school year! I look upon this accomplishment with gratitude for the faculty and staff who have brought us to this place of success and consider the strong shoulders upon which we stand today. I am so excited to celebrate with our community and look toward the next 10 years of [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, May 6, 20192019-05-06T23:00:49-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, April 23, 2019

2019-04-23T17:51:35-04:00

The joys of spaciousness This morning, as I shook each student's hand when they entered the building, I was greeted with smiles, hugs, and fresh new hairdos. "Welcome back!" I exclaimed, feeling like the first day of school. How wonderful it is to miss the students and feel that warmth of their energy when they return. What a tremendously wonderful way to spend our days, educating young people and ushering them into the world as independent thinkers and change agents. As we embark upon the last 41 days of the school year, we are able to do so with the momentum [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, April 23, 20192019-04-23T17:51:35-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, April 8, 2019

2019-04-08T12:03:23-04:00

"I LIKE THIS PAINTING BECAUSE IT HAS A BENCH" As I sit on my back deck writing this post, I am filled with anticipation of Spring Break next week. I look forward to 10 days filled with yard work, projects around the house, and working in my studio on a sculpture I started way too long ago to be still working on it. Either way, having the spaciousness of time to meander in thought and action is going to be amazing. I might spend the afternoon at the Baltimore Museum of Art, only looking at artwork that comes with benches. lol [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, April 8, 20192019-04-08T12:03:23-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, April 1, 2019

2019-04-02T05:34:56-04:00

Did you Get "Got"? April 1st is such a funny day filled with light-hearted tricks and belly laughter.  I wonder, how many people were "got" by an April Fool's joke? Some jokes are elaborate -- someone I know really got it this year. Her husband drove to her parent's house, had the grandma pretend that she sold the family home, and write a fake check for $10,000 to her grandson as his part of the inheritance. In the span of a minute and a half, this poor April Fool's recipient went through a rollercoaster of emotions ending with some of the [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, April 1, 20192019-04-02T05:34:56-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, March 25, 2019

2019-03-25T19:44:17-04:00

And, Yet Again, Everything Felt Right in the World... When walking my dog this weekend, I noticed the first moments of spring pushing their way through a blanket of dried leaves and what had begun to feel like dry, barren land. I heard the delicate lavenders and pinks whispering in my ear that spring is soon to come. Isn't it amazing when the days become a little bit longer, the temperatures become a little bit warmer, and the landscape becomes a little more colorful, how all of the problems in the world seem a little bit more manageable? I celebrate the [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, March 25, 20192019-03-25T19:44:17-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, March 18, 2019

2019-03-25T19:44:51-04:00

Our Layers of Identities A few weeks ago, I was at an event in an artist's studio, and I bumped into two CNH parents. As we were talking, I mentioned something about being an artist. They were so surprised to hear that I was a sculptor! This moment reminded me of the many layers of identities that we all carry, and how we might reveal one layer in one place and another layer in a different place. My entire life, my artist-identify has always been in the foreground of other identities -- the layer that is ever-present and never needs revealing. [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, March 18, 20192019-03-25T19:44:51-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, March 11, 2019

2019-03-25T19:45:38-04:00

Let the Sun Shine In! Even though it was hard to crawl out of bed this morning, it is so amazing that we have sunshine until 7:08 pm with daylight savings!  With warmer weather and sunnier evenings this week, hopefully, we will all be able to crawl out from under the weighted blanket of winter and be energized by the sunshine.  Spring is on its way! Just 10 more days until the official first day of Spring... Happy Week 27, y’all! --Dr. Shyla. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Important Calendar Updates and Reminders Friday, March 15:  NO SCHOOL for Staff Professional Development SPRING BREAK:  School [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, March 11, 20192019-03-25T19:45:38-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, February 25, 2019

2019-03-25T19:46:18-04:00

Every Voice Matters In the early 1990s, there was a tv show called Quantum Leap about a scientist, Sam Beckett, stuck in an experiment gone wrong that sends him back and forth in time leaping into a new body each time.  It was funny to watch him embody a new person each episode and try to figure out each new situation on the fly. This time of year, in the cycle of the school year, I feel a little bit like Sam Beckett. While we are fully focused on the educational experiences of this school year, we are also currently fully [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, February 25, 20192019-03-25T19:46:18-04:00