This Week:

          • Tuesday, February 11:  100th Day of School Celebrated! Students and Staff Pajama Day!
          • Wednesday, February 12:  Enrollment Lottery, 1 PM, Library
          • Thursday, February 13:  City Neighbors Summer Camp Open House, 5:30 – 6 PM, Atelier (see below)
          • Friday, February 14:  Breakfast With Your Sweetheart, Cafe

                         Mark Your Calendars:

            • Monday, February 17:   SCHOOL CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS DAY, Flood the Hearing Room in Annapolis, 10:15 AM (see below)
            • Tuesday, February 18:  Kirwan Cards, dismissal time, outside stage (see below)
            • Wednesday, February 19:  Kirwan Cards, dismissal time, outside stage (see below)
            • Friday, February 21:  Kirwan Cards, dismissal time, outside stage (see below)
            • Thursday, February 27:  City Neighbors Delegation to Annapolis, 9 AM – 12 PM (see below)
            • Thursday, March 5:   Family Arts Night, 5:45 – 8 PM (see below)
            • Friday, March 13:   SCHOOL CLOSED FOR STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
            • Monday, March 16:  Summer Camp Applications due (see below)
            • Friday, March 27:  Report Cards Mailed

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City Neighbors Summer Program Open House

Thursday, February 13, 5:30-6:00 pm

City Neighbors Hamilton Atelier 

What are your plans for fun and learning this July? Come join friends for adventures at City Neighbors Children Summer Program!

This four-week program, taking place in the month of July, is open to 50 rising first to fourth-grade students – starting with current City Neighbors Charter School and City Neighbors Hamilton students.

Rooted in the philosophy and approach of City Neighbors, the City Neighbors Children Summer Program has a focus on literacy and includes project-work, field experiences, arts residencies, gardening, and physical challenges in a fun, developmentally-appropriate environment with engaging teachers drawn from the staff of our City Neighbors schools.

Children and adults welcome at the Open House.  This is the time to hear about the program, ask questions, plant seeds for our summer garden, and play at the CNH play space!

Sharon Jackson, Program Director, and Megan Doyle, Assistant Director, will give an overview of the program, its goals, and activities from 5:30  – 6: 00 pm, as well as answer any questions.

Summer Camp applications can be found in the main office and must be submitted by Monday, March 16.

Questions: Contact Sharon Jackson, Summer Camp Director at sjackson@cityneighbors.org

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Turn Out and Turn It Up!

It’s Time To Act!  – Make A Difference in Public Education

This year, we in Maryland have the opportunity to pass historic educational reform – the Blueprint for Maryland Schools (Kirwan Commission).  This legislation will significantly increase resources for our schools and re-shape early childhood education, teacher preparation, and other important elements of our educational system.

But, our legislators are not all 100% clear how important this legislation is.   Therefore, we need to act.   Here’s where you can help.

The Bill has its first hearing on Monday, February 17.   We are joining a statewide coalition to flood that hearing room in support.  There’s no school that day.   Can you (and your child?) join in Annapolis?  We are looking for 10-15 people!   Arrive by 10:15 for a meeting and pep rally, the hearing begins at noon.   If you can make it, contact Mike at mchalupa@cityneighbors.org 

We also need you on Thursday, February 27. City Neighbors is sending a delegation to Annapolis with Strong Schools Maryland that day.  That morning, we will visit legislators and advocate for the Blueprint legislation.   Arrive by 9 in Annapolis, leave no later than noon.  We are looking for 15-20 people!   If you can make it, contact Mike at mchalupa@cityneighbors.org.

Please join us in our efforts to show Maryland legislators that we need to fully fund education in Maryland.  If you would like to join the Advocacy Team,  e-mail Gwendolyn Unoko, Director of Community Programs, at gunoko@cityneighbors.org.

Thank You,

Your CN Advocacy Team

Demand Maryland Legislators Fully Fund our Schools!

The Kirwan Commission (Blueprint for Maryland Schools) conducted a three-year study on Maryland schools and found that “as of 2015, our schools have been underfunded $2 million a year.”  The commission is recommending a statewide increase to the education budget of $4 Billion to close the gaps. For more information visit https://www.marylandblueprint.org/learn-more/.  

Let our State delegates know what you think!

  • How: Kirwan Cards
  • What: Cards printed with pictures and quotes of Maryland constituents and their families who support the Blueprint For Maryland, (recommendations from the Kirwan commission)
  • Why: To show delegates we support this legislation
  • When: Tuesday, February 18, Wednesday, February 19, Friday, February 21, at dismissal time
  • Where: The outside stage
  • Who:  Ms. Farley will be ready to take your picture and get your quote!

Or

Take your own picture and email it to Ms. Farley, kfarley@cityneighborshamilton.org, along with a quote of why you support Blueprint for Maryland by Friday, February 21.

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Volunteers Needed for Spring Jam 2020!

The Community Relations Committee is planning for Spring Jam 2020, a celebration of Northeast Baltimore. The event is an effort to build community and raise funds for special projects that will further integrate the school with surrounding neighborhoods. It will take place on Thursday, May 7 from 7-10 PM at Function Coworking Community, 4709 Harford Road.

The fundraiser will feature performances by local musicians, food and drink from neighborhood vendors, and a silent auction with goods and services donated by local businesses. We will be sending a letter home with more information soon. In the meantime, please follow this link to sign up to volunteer for the event: https://tinyurl.com/vgykkrr.

                     Questions? Contact Christina Delgado, cdelgado@cityneighborshamilton.org

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Mark Your Calendars: Family Arts Night #2!

On Thursday, March 5, CNH will host the 2nd Family Arts Night for the 2019-2020 school year! The event will run from 5:45-8 PM. We will start the evening with performances in the auditorium and then break into student-led workshops as well as a few guest artist workshops.  We look forward to coming together again for an evening of fun!

 

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Square 1 Fundraiser

CNH will be partnering with Square 1 Art for the third time this year to support fundraising efforts. Students in grades K-5 have begun creating pieces of artwork that can be turned into memorable keepsakes. At the beginning of March, students and families will receive a custom catalog featuring their artwork. The school earns a profit for every order placed – they even cover our shipping if we reach 50 orders! We look forward to sharing more information with you as this fundraiser progresses.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us!

Ms. Cohen & Mary Alice Yeskey

hcohen@cityneighborshamilton.org

myeskey@cityneighborshamilton.org

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Summer Job Opportunities for Students 14 and Older:  Deadline March 1

It’s not too early for your teens to begin thinking about a summer job!  Summer jobs can provide opportunities for students to earn real pay for real work, learn about the workplace, apply education they received during the school year, contribute to communities and families, and connect with positive role models.  YouthWorks summer jobs program is available to students ages 14 to 21.  Beginning January 2, students can apply at youthworks.oedworks.com.  Find out more at www.oedworks.com.

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What’s Happening at the Pratt

DICheck out what’s happening at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in January and February:  https://www.prattlibrary.org/uploadedfiles/www/about/pratt_publications/compass_janfeb2020_web_smaller.pdf

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Wanna Meet with Dr. Shyla or Ms. Rashida?

You are invited to make an appointment to meet with either of us using our appointment calendars. Be sure to add the topic/agenda of our meeting in the Notes section, so that we are prepared for the meeting. We look forward to speaking with you. 

Here is the link to Shyla’s Appointment Calendar.

Here is the link to Rashida’s Appointment Calendar.

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