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What’s Good in the Neighborhood, January 22, 2019


This weekend I was struck by the significance of our national holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King's work as Americans marched in Washington expressing their beliefs and as people gazed into night's sky to spot a blood moon sailing high above in the sky. It's only a paper moon Sailing over a cardboard sea But it wouldn't be make believe If you believed in me   Ella Fitzgerald's voice sang "It's Only a Paper Moon" in my ears all weekend. Dr. Martin Luther King believed that the future could be better than the present and that he had the power to make [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, January 22, 20192019-01-22T21:51:29+00:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, January 7, 2019


The New Year is a great time to see ourselves in our best light.  We can forget about the regrets of the previous year and envision a year filled with all of the right decisions.  What will I commit to for the year? 364 days from now, what do I want to remember about this year? Something that I have always found beautiful about teaching is that every day feels like a New Year’s Day to me. Each morning is ripe with the possibilities of a new day and the potential for great learning. I live by the motto at the [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, January 7, 20192019-01-08T21:09:26+00:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood? December 17, 2018


This week: Tuesday, Dec. 18:  3:30-5 PM-- CNH Gear Day, Hot Chocolate fundraiser for Liam, and Ice Cream fundraiser for the Board Wednesday, Dec. 19:  1 PM DISMISSAL every Wednesday Wednesday, Dec. 19:  5-9 PM -- Panda Express fundraiser at Parkville Shopping Center Friday, Dec. 21:  Report Cards Mailed Friday, Dec. 21: 1 PM DISMISSAL, beginning of Winter Break This Week is Spirit Week! Monday, Dec. 17: Spirit Day Tuesday, Dec. 18: Twin Day Wednesday, Dec. 19: Wacky Day Thursday, Dec. 20: Throwback Thursday Friday, Dec. 21: PJ and Reading Day Looking Ahead: Monday, Dec. 24 --Tuesday, Jan. 1--SCHOOL CLOSED FOR [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood? December 17, 20182018-12-18T19:38:28+00:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood Dec 3, 2018


A Look Ahead This Thursday, December 6th, 6:00-8:00 -- Trimester One Arts Showcase This Friday, December 7th, 2:30-3:15 -- Buddy Day Hour(ish) of Code (we need volunteers to help prepare this week. Email anovak@cityneighborshamilton.org if you can help out on your own time between today and Friday) Monday, December 10 -- New Middle School electives begin Tuesday, December 18, 6:30-7:30 -- Puerto Rico planning and fundraising meetings Friday, December 21, 1:00 -- Early Dismissal for the start of Winter Break!! Wednesday, January 2 -- Classes resume   Are you fully present with your loved ones?     On Sunday, I had the [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood Dec 3, 20182018-12-04T02:47:37+00:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood 11/26/18


The three-day week last week was jam-packed with greatness!  Third grade conducted fieldwork at Frank's restaurant, as they are learning about what people eat around the world.  Mr. Smith's 8th Grade Advisory cooked a pancake and sausage breakfast for 1st Grade because they donated the most Thanksgiving foods for families. Ms. Mencer's 7th Grade Advisory hosted the Fall Festival to raise money for gifts for kids who are awaiting medical treatment. 8th Grade students, De'Quan and Seamus, organized and hosted a Faculty-Student flag football game as our own unofficial Turkey Bowl. So much greatness happening in our school!  We all left [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood 11/26/182018-11-26T20:21:21+00:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, November 19, 2018


  Monday, Nov 19 Tuesday, Nov 20 Wednesday, Nov 21 Thursday, Nov 22 Friday, Nov 23 3rd Grade Field Trip 9:45-11:45 1 PM Dismissal (every Wednesday) SCHOOL CLOSED  Thanksgiving SCHOOL CLOSED Thanksgiving      Week 12 One evening, when I lived in New York City, I was sitting on the 1 train heading home after meeting up with friends after work on Friday evening.  Fridays were usually a night I didn't go anywhere after a week of teaching; they were usually used to collapse and recuperate! This had been a particularly challenging week -- one of those weeks when you question your effectiveness as an educator. So there [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, November 19, 20182018-11-19T19:30:08+00:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, November 12, 2018


  Monday, Nov 12 Tuesday, Nov 13 Wednesday, Nov 14 Thursday, Nov 15 Friday, Nov 16 First Grade to Oakcrest 1-2:30 1 PM Dismissal (every Wednesday) Open Mic Rehearsals 1 -2:30 Auditorium Second Grade to Oakcrest 9-10:30 School Picture retakes All School, Open Mic Week 11 As a child, I remember school as something you wanted to be good at and do well in, but I don't remember school being a place where we regularly left the classroom and engaged with anything real in the world around us. As an early teacher, I thought that a room full of engaged students meant that they were paying [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, November 12, 20182018-11-14T22:05:49+00:00