This Tuesday, September 22, all will be equal in the world… well, at least with sunlight. This is the day, when Summer turns to Fall, and when day and night are of equal length. After Tuesday, the days shorten and nights lengthen. The trees glow with reds, yellows, and oranges. And we begin wearing sweatshirts instead of tank tops. Lately, I’ve been smelling the nostalgic smell of outdoor fires in neighbors’ yards and enjoying the slow twisting and turning of leaves as they meander to the ground in the breeze. The Fall Equinox always reminds me that school is [...]
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Last week was filled with new beginnings, new perspectives, challenges, celebrations, and frustrations. We started the school year fully online, in the middle of a global pandemic with many other layers of challenges impacting our country and lives -- economic downturn, increased unemployment and homelessness, continued and necessary racial uprising, and a polarized and acidic political climate leading up to a national election. With that, we started the school year with eager and engaged students, present and active parents, guardians and caregivers, and dedicated and enthusiastic teachers. I have continued to say, when the world is flipped on its head, at [...]
On the first day of school, every child is greeted by the full team of CNH teachers and is given a wildflower. They carry that wildflower into their homeroom and add it to the class vase sitting at the front of the room to create the class bouquet. We use this metaphor to illustrate this community to which we each belong. This year, we started with the school bouquets that went home with each individual student. In distance learning, we are all still connected. You are each part of the CNH bouquet. Many months of loving thought and deliberate action have [...]
Sunshine and Bumblebees I hope that you had a wonderfully relaxing three-day weekend! My weekends have been filled trying to convert our backyard into a living pollinator garden. It is much in transition, but it has been fun trying to decide which flowers should go where and what it will look like once the seeds grow and blossom. Our living wall is starting to live, and our flowers are starting to attract bees. The gorgeous weather of this three-day weekend filled my soul with happiness as my husband and I puttered in the yard, our dog slept in the shade, and [...]
Socially-Distanced Graduations The block in front of my house had two college (MICA and U of Arts), one Poly, and two elementary graduates so my neighborhood hosted a socially-distanced graduation ceremony for the four of them. Neighbors and friends cheered along the street and also watched on Zoom as each graduate was announced. The police came, bloop blooped their sirens, and announced each name as they walked down the street. It was touching and beautiful to see a community embrace their young people and provide them with the honor and celebration they deserve. Last Thursday, a group of family [...]
We know this trimester is very different, so we know family participation is looking very different. We know you are engaging in the school activity and helping to create the community we had when we were together, so we want to encourage you to submit Family Participation hours. You can log hours for: Helping your kids with schoolwork. Setting up virtual “playdates”. Holding a virtual book club or other enrichment activity. Hosting a conversation with others in our school community. Watching a City Schools Board meeting or a CEO Round-up with Dr. Santelesis. Posting in the City Neighbors Hamilton Families Facebook [...]
Staying Together By Staying Apart Text on T-Shirt: "Easter 2020" I went to Target the other day for some much-needed supplies (baby food, cleaning supplies, etc.). As I walked through the store with my gloves and mask on, waiting at the end of an aisle for someone to make their selections and move on so that we could maintain a 6-foot distance, and paying for my items on the other side of a plexiglass wall, I strangely felt connected to those around me. We are all in this together. We smile with our eyes and step aside to allow [...]
This Week: Thursday, March 5: Family Arts Night, 5:45 - 8 PM (see below) Friday,March 6: Student Art Show, Gallery Opening, Hamilton Gallery, 5:30 - 8:00 PM, (see below) Mark Your Calendars: Friday, March 13: SCHOOL CLOSED, Staff Professional Development Monday, March 16: Summer Camp Applications due Friday, March 27: Report Cards Mailed Monday, April 6 through Monday, April 13: SCHOOL CLOSED, Spring Break Tuesday, April 14: School Resumes Tuesday, April 28: SCHOOL CLOSED, Election Day Wednesday, April 29, Thursday, April 30, & Friday, May 1: 1 PM DISMISSAL [...]
This Week: Thursday, February 27: City Neighbors Delegation to Annapolis, 9 AM - 12 PM (see below) Mark Your Calendars: Thursday, March 5: Family Arts Night, 5:45 - 8 PM (see below) Friday,March 6: Student Art Show, Gallery Opening, Hamilton Gallery, 5:30 - 8:00 PM, (see below) Friday, March 13: SCHOOL CLOSED, Staff Professional Development Monday, March 16: Summer Camp Applications due Friday, March 27: Report Cards Mailed Monday, April 6 through Monday, April 13: SCHOOL CLOSED, Spring Break Tuesday, April 14: School Resumes Tuesday, April 28: SCHOOL CLOSED, [...]