This text was sent to me by a mentor of mine for the past 25 years, since I was in college. She never raised children in her house, but boy was she a mother figure to me and many, many others: "Redefining the word “mother” changes the focus on Mother’s Day from honoring women with children to honoring all women who mother. The world is filled with mothers. A mother selflessly gives and helps those around them. She nurtures children. She helps those around her deal with difficult things. A mother can be a teacher, aunt, or friend. Mothering has less [...]
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Saturday was a beautiful day -- great for the body and great for the soul. It was so great to have CNHers here to celebrate Earth Day at CNH with social-distanced gardening, painting storm drains, and composting. Brownie Troop #260 even came to help! Thank you to our Community Relations and Facilities committees for making this day a success! As masks and social distancing have become a norm in our world, it is nice to find ways to still enjoy each other’s company and help the school together. (Please note, those who are close to one another in the photos are [...]
Noteworthy Upcoming Dates: April 21, 5:30-6:30 Meet the Social Studies candidates! April 28, 5:30-6:30 Meet the Math candidates! Tuesday, June 15 Last day of school ************************************** Searches for 2nd Grade, Middle School Math, and Social Studies Clara Walter is moving from 2nd grade teacher to Intervention teacher for the school next year. We were able to open up a new position in the Middle School so Humanities will not be split into ELA and Social Studies, thus creating a new position. Randy Johnson is moving to Kentucky at the end of this year in order to be closer to family. [...]
Being home the past 13 months during the pandemic has reinforced how important family is to the core of my being. I have cherished every moment with my daughter, Aruna, have loved having my dad live with us half of the time (the other half with my brother), and melted when my sister and I were both fully vaccinated (she is a teacher) and could actually HUG each other after a year!! I look forward to moments of normalcy in these abnormal times. A caveat to what I just wrote above is that the pandemic is far from being over [...]
March 12, 2020 was the last day that we were full in-person school. On Friday, the 13th, teachers worked feverishly to put together two week worth of work packets for students. We had no idea that one year later, we would be teaching online with district-wide phased in reopening plans, and a new normal of mask fashion statements. On that date a year ago, my daughter was bald, crawling, and saying vague approximations of words. She now has a head of hair and is running around, talking in toddler sentences, and potty training. I just purchased a number of masks for [...]
Aaaahhhhh, this is the week ahead. Allow yourself to smile…. And find some time outdoors. :-) Happy Week 26, everyone! --Shyla. ************************************** Noteworthy Upcoming Dates: Wednesday, March 10 Virtual Open House for Summer Camp: https://bcps-k12-md-us.zoom.us/j/89716390809?pwd=UjhBR1FsNHRjeTBXcXVPVitHK2oyQT09 THIS FRIDAY, March 12 End of Trimester 2 March 15-19 School-wide Materials Pick-Up March 17 Report cards will be mailed by this date March 19 Family Arts Night! March 19 Summer Camp Applications due: 2021 City Neighbors Summer Camp Application Saturday, March 27 - Monday, April 5 Spring Break! Classes resume on Tuesday, April 6 April 12 First Day of In-Person Learning at CNH ************************************** This [...]
Last week I posted a picture of a robin and wrote about the Spring weather to come that week… then I woke up to big, fat beautiful flakes of snow falling to the ground the next morning and couldn’t help but to laugh out loud. If that doesn’t illustrate how I thought things would go with each twist and turn of the way this past year, nothing would! At this point, we are planning to have students in the school building all five days each week beginning on April 12th (more information below). With Baltimore City’s positivity rate at 1.9% as [...]
Last Friday I saw three Robins in the tree outside of my daughter’s bedroom window. Today I heard an orchestra of birds chirping around my house as the birds seem to be returning for Spring. With the 10-Day forecast in Baltimore in the 50’s most days, it’s going to feel so great! We DO still have another month until the official Spring Equinox on March 20th, but let’s allow ourselves to savor these next days of warmer weather and sunshine. In the last 75 days of the school year, we have a lot to accomplish -- stay on track with our [...]
Between the 100th day of school on Thursday and Rollin’ With Your Sweetheart on Friday, last week was amazing!! Thank you to all of the families who came by the school on Friday to pick-up a goodie bag, make a yard sign that highlights something about the school, and spend some time outdoors and socially-distanced, enjoying the DJ and each other. What a special afternoon. Rollin’ With Your Sweetheart is the manifestation of an idea that came from the Culture of Care Committee that consists of parents, caregivers, Mr. Jerred, and Ms. Lauren. It was so amazing to see the [...]
On Friday, I announced that the CNH Board of Directors voted to provide targeted in-person instruction beginning on April 12. Leading up to April 12, staff, board members, and family volunteers are going to work collaboratively to identify to what capacity and frequency we can safely reopen, ensure that the school building meets all criteria in the BCPSS Standard Operating Procedures for reopening school buildings, and plan how we will best meet the needs of our students both in the school as well as online. Each week, I will post ways in which you can participate in this process. At this [...]