What does Family Arts Night look like in a Virtual setting?  It looks like a celebration.  It looks like education. It looks like community.  It definitely looks different than Family Arts Night in-person.  And, it’s just as special.

Big thank you to Ms. Breai, Mr. Bush, and Ms. Cohen for the many, many hours it took to put this event together in such a seamless way.  As the year continues, we plan to continue to translate in-person school, events, and celebrations to an online format so that we can continue to connect as a community and celebrate the rich and meaningful learning in our school.

Let’s enter this last full week before Winter Break with gratitude and a renewed energy for Trimester 2!

Happy Week 15, y’all!



This Week’s Topics

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Noteworthy Upcoming Dates: 2

THIS WEEK: Intensives, Electives, and Arts Classes, oh my! 2

CNH Gift Card Drive Information 3

This Thursday! Dec. 17 — K-2 PJ Story Hour on Zoom 4

Care Center Site 4

Enrollment 2021-22 5

Purchase CNH Gear Online!! 6

Donations to the School 6

Helpful Links 6


Noteworthy Upcoming Dates:

December 17, 7:00-7:45

K-3 PJ Story Hour on Zoom

December 23 at 12:30 through January 3

No School — Winter Break — We begin break at 12:30 on Wednesday, December 23rd.

Return to school Monday, January 4th


THIS WEEK: Intensives, Electives, and Arts Classes, oh my!

In order for the teachers to thoughtfully finalize their plans for Intensives groupings in Trimester 2, Intensives and Arts classes will be asynchronous this week.  Teachers will share asynchronous assignments with the students.

Since students are switching A-team (arts and Athletics) classes this trimester, be sure to have your child look on Google Classroom for an invitation to their new class.  Asynchronous assignments for this week will be posted in the Google Classroom.

Please note that teachers have created new Google Classrooms for Trimester 2 because they can’t separate grading by trimester in the same Google Classroom. Students must accept the Trimester 2 Google Classroom for each of their classes. This will allow teachers to streamline content and not have grades from last trimester be averaged into grades from this trimester.

Electives will be asynchronous for the remainder of 2020.  Students can  sign-up for their Trimester 2 elective starting today until Monday morning, December 21, 2020. Synchronous electives with your teachers will begin January 6th, 2021. And yes, they can sign-up for the same elective if they choose. Please see below for grade specific elective sign-up: CORRECTION Arts and Intensives are not asynchronous this week.  I apologize for not taking that part out of the What’s Good from last week to this week.  Your student’s schedules have been updated on Google Classroom with new links so please use that as your guide today.  I apologize for any confusion I created with this error.


CNH Gift Card Drive Information

Hello families. Several people have reached out wanting to serve as “Santa” to a family that might be struggling financially right now. We are so grateful to have such caring and compassionate people in our CNH community. Therefore, in an effort to uplift the spirits of families dealing with financial hardship, we will be launching a CNH Gift Card Drive. We are collecting gift card donations in the following ways:


  • You may purchase a physical gift card (we are recommending Amazon gift cards because they are the most flexible) and you may drop it off with Ms. Kachaelar at the front office during our family office hours.

  • You may purchase an e-gift card (again, we recommend purchasing Amazon gift cards) and send it to kjones@cityneighborshamilton.org or janderson@cityneighborshamilton.org .

  • If you prefer not to purchase an Amazon gift card, we are encouraging you to purchase a gift card from a local business in Baltimore.

We are accepting gift cards starting today until December 22 (the day before holiday break). Once we identify the families in need, we will distribute gift cards accordingly. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to janderson@cityneighborshamilton.org . Thank you in advance for your generosity and continued partnership.


This Thursday! Dec. 17 — K-2 PJ Story Hour on Zoom

On Thursday, December 17, the Kindergarten through Second grade classes will each be hosting their own PJ Story Hour on Zoom!

You and your family are invited to join your class on Zoom from 7:00-7:45 pm on Thursday, December 17.  Wear your jammies and bring two or three favorite books to share!  Your teacher will put you in a breakout room with one or two other families from your class, and you can take turns reading aloud some favorite books.

A goody bag with treats for the evening will be available for pick-up at the school this week Tuesday through Thursday.  Additionally, if you are short on books at home, you are welcome to check out 2-3 books from the school to borrow for the evening at the same time you pick up your goody bag. Family Hours for pick-ups are 10:00-2:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday, 5:00-7:00 pm Wednesday evening, and Thursday 8:00-2:00.

This is a great way to spend some time with classmates outside of the school day, and to get to know other families from your class.  We hope you can join us!


Care Center Site

Families can access the Care Center Site by accessing the CNH Family Site and clicking on the Family Resources tab. You can also click here to access the site. Students, teachers, and families can find different ways to support social-emotional learning on this site. You can also use this site to get in touch with Ms. Lauren & Mr. Jerred.

Care Center Week Ahead

  • Mindful Monday

  • Wellness Wednesday

  • Find a Friend Friday


Enrollment 2021-22

School year 2020-21 has just begun, but enrollment season for 2021-22 has begun!

                               PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES

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 3, 2021.

Enrollment Open Houses will be held virtually as follows:  January 9, 3-4 PM, January 26, 9 AM

Links for the virtual Open Houses will be on our website:  www.cityneighborshamilton.org Please spread the word!


The deadline to receive applications for siblings of current students and children of school staff is January 22, 2021.  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 22, 2021 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.  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.

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


Purchase CNH Gear Online!

Want to represent CNH in all ways?  You can purchase shirts, hoodies, mugs, phone cases, etc on our new TeePublic storefront!  Click here to check out our products!


Donations to the School

If you would like to donate money to the school (for any reason), the easiest ways are through our PayPal account.  Please add a note, no matter how you might donate, with how you would like it used (general educational expenses, technology, arts, etc).

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.


Helpful Links

  • The CNH Academic Calendar — This gives all important dates for this year (end of each trimester, Progress Report Conferences dates, etc.)

  • CNH Family  Site — This is one-stop shopping for families (links to Google Classrooms, Family  Resources, the Care Center, Tutorial Videos, etc.)

  • School Schedule Spreadsheet — This document has each grade’s schedule with links to Zoom meetings in one mega spreadsheet.  (NOTE: Student schedules are also posted in every Google Classroom with links to Zoom meetings)

  • Family  Participation Hours Log — Any time you participate in a meeting with a staff member, attend a school event, participate in progress report conferences, or attend Committee Night, complete this form so that we can keep track of your participation!  Every family needs to log 40 hours of participation each year.

  • CNH Main Website — Here is the main website with information about the school and resources.

  • CNH Care Center Site — Find resources for supporting your child’s (and your own) social-emotional learning needs as well as see the videos posted for our morning meetings each week.

  • COVID Testing Sites — If you are experiencing symptoms, click this link to find a testing site near you.

  • Meal Sites — This site provides information for meal sites as well as other resources for accessing food.

  • Shyla Rao’s appointment calendar — Feel free to make an appointment if you have questions, comments, or concerns. Shyla looks forward to meeting with you!