What’s Good in the Neighborhood, October 25, 2021

2021-10-25T14:51:14-04:00

      Now, as we start Week 9, we are now officially 1/5 of the way through the school year. Walking through the school, it’s great to hear the sound of a good working buzz in classrooms, see evidence of arts integrated project studies around the building, and simply feel a bit of a “Groove” happening with students and teachers. This week, we have the Morgan State Innovation Week, Day of Service with Middle School, Fall Festival Dance Party on Friday, and so much more. It’s going to be a multi-faceted week! Have a great week, everyone! --Dr. Shyla. ************************************** [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, October 25, 20212021-10-25T14:51:14-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, October 18, 2021

2021-10-19T14:22:57-04:00

Sometimes when I get caught up in the rigamarole of life, I stop and try to view the moment through the lens of my grandparents.  Pictured above, my Amma and Daji (grandma and grandpa) lived an incredibly family-oriented life.  When my family would visit Mysore, evenings were spent sitting in a large circle around the family room singing songs and laughing into the night. All of my aunts, uncles, and cousins lived together lining up on beds, cots, and the floor to sleep at night. Family was the center of everything.  Running between appointments, checking text messages instead of engaging with [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, October 18, 20212021-10-19T14:22:57-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, October 12, 2021

2021-10-13T12:54:31-04:00

With every sunrise comes a new day -- space for new beginnings and fresh starts.  No matter how we feel when we crawl into bed at night, the next morning brings with it the promise of a new day.  As you rise each morning, allow yourself to practice a little mindfulness by slowing down to admire the beauty of the morning.  Breathe, relax, and remember -- Today, you are beautiful! Have a great week, everyone! --Dr. Shyla ************************************** Noteworthy Upcoming Dates: Date(s) Notes October 11-14 Make-up testing for Early Fall MCAP Friday, October 15 -- NO SCHOOL No School -- Professional [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, October 12, 20212021-10-13T12:54:31-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, October 4, 2021

2021-10-05T10:52:00-04:00

Two DJs, 3 hours, 35 pizzas, and about 100 people later, we successfully continued our 90s dance party tradition at the end of the first month of school.  What a blast!  It so great to connect with people outside of school, in-person, with the simply goal of having fun.  Keep an eye out in the What’s Goods for more opportunities to connect outside of school hours outdoors.  See you soon! Have a great week, everyone! --Dr. Shyla ************************************** Noteworthy Upcoming Dates: Date(s) Notes October 4-5 Final Days for Vision for Baltimore (vision and hearing screening) October 6, 7, 8 -- 1:00 [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, October 4, 20212021-10-05T10:52:00-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, September 27, 2021

2021-09-27T17:44:20-04:00

This week, I have been thinking a lot about partnership. What does it mean to be in partnership?  We have partnerships with outside organizations as a school -- Arts Every Day, Young Audiences, MICA, Morgan State University, Star Cypress, etc.  We have partnerships in our work -- colleagues we co-teach with or collaborate with in teaching teams.  We have partnerships with our students -- elevating student voices so that they can be active participants in the construction of their learning.  We have partnerships with parents and guardians -- supporting one another in helping foster well-educated, engaged citizens in our young people. [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, September 27, 20212021-09-27T17:44:20-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, September 6, 2021

2021-09-07T12:16:48-04:00

   5-4-3-2-1 Blast off!  The year took off like a rocket ship! It has been amazing to see our community coming together again, after 18 months mostly virtual, and jumping into the year with both feet.  We have been focused on maintaining the CNH-ness of our school culture while ensuring safe practices throughout the day. The students have been troopers.  Above you see our flower ceremony where every student is given a wildflower upon entering the school.  They go to their classrooms and place their flowers in a glass vase representing the class bouquet -- they are all part of the [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, September 6, 20212021-09-07T12:16:48-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, August 24, 2021

2021-08-26T15:11:39-04:00

The Family Work Day was amazingly productive last weekend -- our families moved 10 cubic yards of mulch to the playground, put together outdoor furniture, revitalized old furniture with paint, carried furniture all over the building, put together cleaning kits for teachers, helped to set up work spaces for kids, and laughed our way through it.  .  I am so deeply grateful for everyone who pitched in to help get the building ready for the students!!  We will be back at it THIS SATURDAY, 10:00-2:00. If you can stop by to lend a hand, we would deeply appreciate it! Have a [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, August 24, 20212021-08-26T15:11:39-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, August 11, 2021

2021-08-12T11:15:22-04:00

I remember in Science class as a child learning about balance and symmetry in nature.  I remember looking for and valuing symmetry, as a result, in the world around me. A dragonfly’s wing is made up of a complex network of secondary veins creating unique patterns on each wing. Looking at the irregular pattern of this dragonfly wing makes me think about when symmetry and predictability is necessary and when idiosyncratic moments are most appropriate?  Considering this fall, and our return to school, we are focusing our attention on the structures and rituals that provide emotional safety through predictable routines as [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, August 11, 20212021-08-12T11:15:22-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, June 7, 2021

2021-06-07T14:03:02-04:00

Here we are, everybody -- the last full week of the school year. Monday and Tuesday are the last full days of school. Wednesday through Friday (half days) are the last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of the school year. Next Monday and Tuesday are our last asynchronous days for end of year celebrations, rain dates of events from this week, and final technology and materials returns. I started the year stating that “When the world is flipped on its head, at least you get a new perspective.” With this new perspective, we changed our daily schedule, rethought student groupings, built upon [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, June 7, 20212021-06-07T14:03:02-04:00

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, May 31, 2021

2021-06-02T11:55:49-04:00

I hope that you were able to enjoy the gorgeous weather today for Memorial Day.  Thank you to all of our veterans in our community for your service. Wow, we are almost there -- the end of a school year for the history books.  What a year it has been!  Words cannot express how grateful I am for your partnership, flexibility, and trust as we navigated this school year. At every step along the way, the staff has tried to provide engaging online instruction, a variety of supports to suit each student’s idiosyncratic needs, and different points of entry for the [...]

What’s Good in the Neighborhood, May 31, 20212021-06-02T11:55:49-04:00