I hold a cup of tea, curled up on my couch, as I write this entry.  The weather has changed, I’m enjoying wrapping scarves around my neck, and enjoy watching the wispy clouds of a cold fall day move in the sky above.

This week, please find a moment to step outside, breathe in the brisk air, and pause to enjoy the moment.  We are just a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving break where we can collectively all exhale in gratitude for our lives.

Have a great week, everyone!

–Dr. Shyla.



Noteworthy Upcoming Dates:




November 12

School Picture Retake Day — Link here for form.

Vaccine Clinic at CNH

November 24

End of trimester 1

November 25, 26 — NO SCHOOL

Thanksgiving Break

November 29

Report Cards mailed

Thursday, December 23, 1:00 release day

1:00 — School closes for Winter Break.  School Resumes on Monday, January 3.



Picture Retake Day — THIS FRIDAY

Here is the link for the sign-up form.  If you missed picture day, you can print this form, fill it out, staple your payment envelope to this form, and send it in with your student. We will also have printed copies in the main office. If you are wanting retakes, simply send the original photos back with your student, and they will hand it to the photographer for a new set.


Vaccine Clinic at CNH — This Friday 1:30-4:30

We are hosting a vaccine clinic with the  Baltimore City Health Department this Friday.  Any student, ages 5 and up can participate with consent of their parent/guardian. Adults may also come for their initial vaccine or for a booster.    The links are correct on the flyer, but the address is not.  The clinic will be at our school, not on 36th Street.

Registration is available online https://covax.baltimorecity.gov/. The clinic name is City Neighbors Hamilton Ages 5-11 Pfizer.


Dismissal Procedures

Dismissal consistently takes 12-15 minutes every day from the calling the first student to the last student. Some families have come to line up for dismissal up to one hour before the end of the school day.  This does not help dismissal go any faster. In fact, it blocks the exit for High School visitors and staff for this time. (I have received complaints from the high school staff.)

Please do not line-up for dismissal any earlier than 15 minutes before the end of the day.


(Virtual) Family Arts Night — November 19, 6:00-7:30


Mark your calendar for our first Family Arts Night of this school year. We will be hosting this trimester’s Family Arts Night virtually on Zoom. On Friday, November 19 from 6:00-7:30, join us for an evening of performances, presentations and celebrations. Here is a snapshot of the evening:

  • Kindergarten – PE Highlights

  • First Grade – Dancing & Drumming from the Great Mali Empire

  • Second Grade – Friendly Folks Puppet Shows

  • Third Grade- PE Highlights

  • Fourth Grade – Meaningful Place Tunnel Books

  • Fifth Grade – Funk Band

  • Sixth Grade – PE Highlights

  • Seventh Grade – Experimental Fashion Share Out

  • Eight Grade –  Step Show Footage

The students have been working hard in their A-Team classes and are eager to share their learning with you!


Ms. Cohen, Ms. Breai and Mr. Bush


New Recess and Lunch Schedule

It’s officially Fall outside, and we are now transitioning to eating inside. In order to maintain the safest environment for indoor eating possible, we have set up two large air scrubbers in the cafeteria (very powerful air purifiers designed for large spaces like auditoriums and gymnasiums). We are rotating lunches so that one class is in the cafe at a time for all classes except for Kindergarten and 8th grade (our smallest class with our highest percentage vaccinated class).  They sit in two different parts of the cafe separated by the air scrubbers.

In the cafe, students sit one person per table, at least 6 feet apart from one another, with everyone facing the same direction.  The air scrubbers and ceiling fans are on for maximum air circulation with doors open to the cafe.  Students may not leave their seats, even when they are finished eating, so that we can maintain safe social distancing.  In order to make up for the more separated lunch, we have extended recess to allow more time for socialization outdoors, where it is the safest. This set-up allows for more space between students than in the classrooms with more powerful air purifiers.


Enrollment 2022-23

We are accepting enrollment applications for 2022-23!


City Neighbors Hamilton is now accepting enrollment applications for next school year.  The deadline to receive applications from new families for inclusion in the enrollment lottery is 3 PM February 2, 2022.  Please spread the word!


The deadline to receive applications for siblings of current students and children of school staff is January 21, 2022.  If your child currently attends CNH, there is no need to reapply.  Intent to Return forms will be sent and collected in January.  Siblings and children of staff will not be included in the enrollment lottery, HOWEVER, you must submit an enrollment application by January 21, 2022 in order for us to have an accurate count of open seats when we conduct our lottery.

 Enrollment applications can be downloaded from http://cityneighborshamilton.org/apply/

and should be emailed to applications@cityneighborshamilton.org.  Be sure to clearly indicate “sibling” on the application. If the sibling has a different last name than the CNH student, please include the name of the CNH student on the application.

Please be aware that the Sibling Preference Policy only applies to siblings of current City Neighbors Hamilton students.  It does not apply to siblings of students who are enrolled at City Neighbors Charter School or City Neighbors High School.  Read the entire policy here under FAQ:  http://cityneighborshamilton.org/apply/

If you have any questions about enrollment, please reach out to Enrollment Coordinator, Stephanie King, at sking@cityneighborshamilton.org.



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Donations to the School

If you would like to donate money to the school (for any reason), the easiest way is through our PayPal account. If you want your donation to go to a specific fund or activity (general educational expenses, technology, arts, etc), please note it with your donation.

PayPal Donate Button on Website: http://cityneighborshamilton.org/

If you aren’t able to donate funds to the school right now, we always appreciate your donation of time supporting the general programming needs at our school (all virtual, of course).  If you would like to volunteer for the school, please email our Family Participation Board Director Elisabeth Hyleck at ehyleck@cityneighborshamilton.org.


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