December 2018

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 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

November 2018

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

October 2018

On November 6, Vote “YES” on Question 1!


  Voting YES or FOR to Question 1 will keep a promise made to voters that casino revenue would increase school funding instead of being used for other purposes. While casino revenues have been going into the Education Trust Fund—which can only be used for funding public education—nearly the same amount of existing funding has been shifted from education to other parts of the state budget. The result? The new revenue from casinos hasn’t added to existing funding; it has simply maintained the existing levels. Passing Question 1 will stop the budget gimmicks and ensure that casino revenues actually go to [...]

On November 6, Vote “YES” on Question 1!2018-10-18T15:14:02+00:00

Nominate CNH for a library makeover!


The Scott Brothers (from HGTV), Kohl's, and Heart of America have teamed up to provide an amazing opportunity. The first place school will win a library makeover (with an estimated value of $100,000)! The 30 runner-up schools will get a school supply crate and Harper Collins Books at an estimated value of $1,250.00. To have a chance to win, we need lots of nominations. The more nominations we have, the more we will be considered. Each person can nominate once a day until midnight on 10/31. Winners are announced in November. Last year we envisioned transforming our current library into [...]

Nominate CNH for a library makeover!2018-11-19T20:23:25+00:00

September 2018

What do you look forward to this year?


When Ralphie turned in his masterpiece, “What I Want for Christmas” theme essay in the 1983 film, A Christmas Story, he envisioned his teacher, Miss Shields, clutching his essay to her chest and exclaiming: “Oh! The theme I’ve been waiting for all my life. Listen to this sentence: ‘A Red Ryder BB gun with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time.’ Poetry! Sheer poetry, Ralph! An A+!” He daydreamed of his classmates carrying him around on their shoulders, celebrating his enormous accomplishment. Ralphie was seeking, as all students do, validation for his personal vision, hard work, and desires [...]

What do you look forward to this year?2018-09-25T17:30:13+00:00