Aaahhh, the crispness of a new morning.  The promise of a new day. The vision of a new trimester.  Welcome to Trimester 2, everyone! 

We have new Google Classrooms, new Electives, new Intensives, and tweaks to general instruction coming our way! This week, Intensives and A-Team (Arts and Athletics) classes will be asynchronous as non-arts teachers finalize Intensives groupings and arts teachers finalize Family Arts Night for Friday (6-7:00). Next week we begin new Intensives and A-Team classes. This week and next week will be sign-ups and assigning Electives while providing asynchronous Elective offerings. 

In these 12 days until Winter Break, let’s allow ourselves to be filled with joy of approaching the end of 2020 as well as the anticipation of a new dawn ahead.  I look forward to this second trimester with you all!

Have a wonderful Week 14, everyone! 

–Dr. Shyla. 


This Week’s Topics 

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Noteworthy Upcoming Dates: 2

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

THIS TUESDAY: Your Ideas Requested (Committee Night) 3

THIS FRIDAY: Trimester 1 Virtual Family Arts Night 4

CNH Board Elections 5

Dec. 17 — K-3 PJ Story Hour on Zoom 5

Teacher Office Hours 5

Care Center Site 6

Purchase CNH Gear Online!! 6

Donations to the School 6

Helpful Links 7

Connecting with Shyla 7



Noteworthy Upcoming Dates:

Tues. December 8, 6:00-7:00 CNH Committee Night — Help us plan fun events for kids, FUNdraising events, and projects around the school
Wed. December 9 Report Cards Mailed and Emailed
Fri. December 11, 6:00-7:00 Family  Arts Night with the A-Team (Arts and Athletics!!)
December 17, 7:00-7:45 K-3 PJ Story Hour on Zoom
Wed. December 23, 12:30 – Sun. January 3 No School — Winter Break 

Return to school on Mon. January 4



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.

This and next week, electives will be asynchronous while students sign-up for their Trimester 2 elective. And yes, they can sign-up for the same elective if they choose. Keep an eye out for the elective sign-ups before the end of this week! 


THIS TUESDAY: Your Ideas Requested (Committee Night)

We want your ideas for fun events, fundraising, community engagement, and work around the school. Please join us on Tuesday! 

 COMMITTEE NIGHT, Second Tuesday of every month 6-7:00

Here is the link to join Committee Night at 6:00.  After the introduction, at 6:15, you will join your committee of interest (listed below).



Link to Join Committee Meeting

Plan fundraising and communication efforts at CNH

(Fundraising and Communication) 
Let’s engage with the community!

(Community  Relations)
Help sustain a Culture of Care at CNH

(Culture of Care)
Plan ways to improve the grounds around the school

Plan fun ways for families to participate with other CNHers

(Family Participation) 

Sharing and Caring Family SEL Group with Lauren Clements, school social worker

Don’t forget to log your participation hours


THIS FRIDAY: Trimester 1 Virtual Family Arts Night


CNH Board Elections

Please vote for this year’s CNH Board election — we need to meet quorum, and we’re far from reaching it.  Click here to cast your vote. 

It will take less than 1 minute to complete. 


Dec. 17 — K-3 PJ Story Hour on Zoom

On Thursday, December 17, the Kindergarten through Third 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 the week of December 14th (times to be determined).  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.

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!


Teacher Office Hours

Due to underwhelming attendance, we are limiting open office hours for all grade bands to Mondays, 11:15-11:45. We still want to offer the ability for someone to pop into Office Hours, but we have found that almost all teachers have only had a couple of people attend this year. It seems to work better to schedule an appointment to meet.

This new Office Hours schedule is effective Monday, December 7 — the first day of Trimester 2.  


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


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


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.


Connecting with Shyla

Below the signature of every email I send from my computer (not the ones from my phone), I have the following text.  

Want to meet?  Click here to make an appointment. Be sure to add the topic/agenda of our meeting in the Notes section, so that I am prepared. I look forward to speaking with you. 

I wholeheartedly mean it when I say that I am happy to meet with you anytime you’d like to talk. It can be something you’re excited or upset about, a new idea you have for the school, if you want to share news about your family, or just to connect.  I would love to meet with you!