This Week:

          • Tuesday, December 10:  Panda Express Fundraiser for 8th Grade Service Trip (see below)
          • Tuesday, December 10, 5:30-7 PM:  Committee Night (see below)
          • Thursday, December 12:  Deadline for Zeke’s Coffee orders (see below)
          • Friday, December 13, 2:40, Auditorium:  All-School (see below)

Mark Your Calendars:

          • Thursday, December 19:  Zeke’s Coffee orders distributed
          • Friday, December 20:  Report Cards Mailed
          • Friday, December 20:  1 PM DISMISSAL, Beginning of Winter Break
          • Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1:  SCHOOL CLOSED for Winter Break
          • Thursday, January 2:  School resumes


Flu Clinic Coming to CNH:  UPDATE!

We reached our 25 person minimum, which means we will be having a flu clinic here at CNH (for everyone who provided a consent form by December 3).

As of this minute, we have no confirmed date for the flu clinic here at CNH.  We will keep you informed with any updates!


Another Delicious Way to Support the 8th Grade Service Trip!

Our 8th grade class will be hosting a fundraiser on  December 10 from 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM at Panda Express, located at 7699 Harford Road (about a five-minute drive from CNH).  Please consider dropping by during your lunch break or for dinner.  All proceeds will support the 8th grade project work in Puerto Rico.  Make sure you show the flyer, linked below, or the photo below on your phone when you order.  If you are ordering online, use the code 305988. Please invite and encourage your family, friends, and co-workers to come out to support our awesome 8th graders!  Thank you!




Committee Night: Tuesday, 12/10, 5:30-7 PM–

Dinner & Childcare Included!

Every family is required to join at least one committee each year to help support the work of the school.  In order to help make your committee involvement easier and more streamlined, we have created Committee Nights from 6-7 PM on the second Tuesday of every other month.

Before the meeting, at 5:30, we provide dinner for you and your school-aged children, as well as free childcare for school-aged children.  Your voice is important to make the committee work meaningful!

If you have any questions about Committee Night, please contact Board President, Erika Coughlin, at ecoughlin@cityneighborshamilton.org.

See you on Tuesday!


Inclement Weather Policy Review

Okay, this sounds crazy considering temps are supposed to reach 60 on Tuesday, but snow is in the forecast for  Wednesday, December 11, so in case there is stickage and the need for BCPS to delay opening schools, time to dust off the Inclement Weather Policy (in case of late opening tomorrow–a Wednesday–please note dismissal at 2 PM):

City Neighbors Hamilton follows the Baltimore City Schools inclement weather policy. For information about school closings, delays, and early dismissals, please consult your local television or radio stations. If Baltimore City Schools close, delay opening, or close early due to inclement weather, City Neighbors Hamilton will close, delay opening, or close early for the corresponding amount of time.

Arrival: Classes begin at 10:15,
Dismissal: In the event school opening is delayed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays, dismissal will be at the usual time: 3:15. In the event school opening is delayed on Wednesdays or any other early release day, dismissal will be at 2 PM. (Baltimore City Schools requires a school to be in session for a minimum of four hours.)

Arrival: Classes begin at 8:15, as usual.
Dismissal: In the event school closes early on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays, dismissal will be at 1:15. In the event school closes early on Wednesdays or any other early release day, dismissal will be at the usual time, 1 PM.

  • There will be no aftercare or after-school activities on days when schools are closed or close early due to inclement weather.
  • All events scheduled for the morning when schools are closed or the opening is delayed will be canceled. Breakfasts are not served at school on days when BCPS delays opening schools.
  • If BCPS cancels its afterschool programs and events due to inclement weather, there will be no after-school events at CNH, including aftercare.

BCPS 2-hour delayed opening

BCPS 2-hour early closure

CNH classes begin

CNH dismisses CNH classes begin

CNH dismisses


10:15 AM

3:15 PM(usual time) 8:15 AM (usual time) 1:15 PM


10:15 AM

3:15 PM (usual time) 8:15 AM (usual time)

1:15 PM

Wednesday (or any other early release day)

10:15 AM

2:00 PM 8:15 AM (usual time)

1:00 PM (usual time)


10:15 AM

3:15 PM (usual time) 8:15 AM (usual time)

1:15 PM

Friday 10:15 AM

3:15 PM (usual time)

8:15 AM (usual time)

1:15 PM


Join us for the 12/13 All-School!

Please join us for All-School on Friday, December 13 as we welcome vocal artist (and CNH parent), Max Bent, for a fun and music-filled beatboxing performance. All-School will begin at 2:40 PM in the Auditorium.

We hope to see you there!


Diversity Spotlight:

What Does Diversity Mean for the Way We Do Things at CNH?

Welcome back to Diversity Spotlight! At the end of last school year, we discussed the wide range of factors that can contribute to diversity in our community. Diversity is certainly something to celebrate. But as we celebrate, we should consider ways that our society can translate differences into disadvantages. To that end, let’s consider three related concepts: diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Some define diversity as the presence of difference in a group. (One person cannot “be diverse,” and saying so can make people feel excluded.) Inclusion means welcoming and valuing people of all backgrounds. Equity means making sure everyone gets the same opportunities, recognizing that a particular aspect of difference can create a barrier or advantage to a particular opportunity. Many organizations try to make policy with an “equity lens.” (Here’s a helpful guide: https://bit.ly/2OrifPm.) We can think about how the CNH experience might be different for a child or family or staff member based on some part of their background.

Question: Can you think of one particular way that CNH should factor diversity, inclusion, and equity into decision-making?

We have created a CNH Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Google group and invite you all to join and participate in discussions and to share resources.  Please join us in this important discussion by going to:  https://groups.google.com/a/cityneighborshamilton.org/forum/#!forum/diversity .  If you have any questions, please reach out to Lawrence Lanahan at llanahan@gmail.com.

Talk to you next month and see you in the group!

~Raina Wilson and Lawrence Lanahan~


Zeke’s Coffee Fundraiser! 

Order by Thursday for Holiday Gift-Giving!

Just in time for holiday gift giving!  We are accepting Zeke’s Coffee orders now through December 12.  Be sure to check out the City Neighbors signature blend!
Orders will be distributed on December 19.  Thank you!


December 13 Open House–Canceled

We regret that we must cancel our first open house of the year.  We have not yet determined if it will be scheduled but please spread the word about the cancelation, and encourage interested families to attend any of the remaining three enrollment Open Houses, scheduled in January and February (see flyer below).

Thank you!


School Photo Retakes are In

If your child had their school photo retaken, look for those pictures to come home today (or yesterday, depending on when this newsletter gets out!)


Charter School Fair

Another way interested families can get information on City Neighbors Charter School and City Neighbors Hamilton:  Both schools will be represented at the Charter School Fair, Saturday, December 14 from 10-12 at Baltimore International Academy,  4410 Frankford Avenue. This event is sponsored by Maryland Alliance of Public Charter Schools (MAPCS). See link below for more information.

Feel free to share that information with any families who have expressed interest in our schools!



Enrollment Season Open for 2020-21!

We are now accepting applications from new families for 2020-21 inclusion in the enrollment lottery through 3 PM on Wednesday, February 5.  Please share this information with anyone who may be interested.

We request that CN staff and current families submit sibling applications by Monday, January 27, 2020 so we can determine how many available seats we will have open when we conduct our lottery.  Applications are available in the office or on our website.  You can submit them to the office directly or by scanning and emailing to applications@cityneighborshamilton.org.

Any questions about enrollment for 2020-21?  Contact Stephanie at sking@ityneighborshamilton.org.


Ways to Support City Neighbors Hamilton

Did you know that you can give to City Neighbors Hamilton through United Way?  Well, you can!  And your employer might even match your donation!  If you and your employer give through United Way, please use code 43909.


Now that the holidays are upon us, you might be shopping through Amazon.  If you do, City Neighbors Hamilton can benefit from your purchases if you connect by using smile.amazon.com and select City Neighbors Hamilton as your charity.  You get the same great Amazon bargains and products–it just allows you to support CNH every time you shop there.

Thank you!


EveryMan Theatre  is holding classes for ages 3 to adult.  Check them out here:  https://everymantheatre.org/classes-all-ages


Holiday Happenings in Baltimore

Click to access 2019DPOBHolidayGuide.pdf



Check out all of the great things happening in November and December at the Enoch Pratt Free Library!


Arts/PE Integration and Class Blog

Introducing the Arts/PE Integration and Class Photo Blog. We are excited to share photos of the great work happing in physical education, dance and visual art classes. Check out the photoblog on Mondays to see highlights from the previous week. https://tinyurl.com/arts-at-cnh


Please Share!


Registration Open!



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.