In the center of it all is love. I wrote, at the beginning of this year, that we will surround your child in a protective shell against COVID and keep love in the center, so that learning can happen in the space in-between. 

This year has been like no other. Our students came back differently than before the pandemic, and we have spent the first half of this year figuring out how to support them, love them, and find the best ways to engage them with learning. 

We have found a rhythm each day and each week. We are excited to create events and celebrations in the next weeks and months!  

Have a wonderful week, everyone, 

–Dr. Shyla.


Noteworthy Upcoming Dates:


Date(s) Notes
Friday, February 18 NO SCHOOL – Staff professional development
Monday, February 21 NO SCHOOL – Presidents Day
Tuesday, February 22 This TWOsday, it will be 2/22/22 – Keep an eye out in the next What’s Good for ways to participate (twins day, tutus, etc.) Let’s have a ball with this date!
Friday, March 4, 6-7:30 Family Arts Night (Virtual)


Blacktastic Celebration

On Wednesday, February 23, join Arts for Learning Maryland (formerly Young Audiences) at Blacktastic: A Children’s Festival of Black History & Culture – an arts-integrated celebration of Black Marylanders featuring engaging performances and workshops by teaching artists that support learning for students of all grade levels. Learn more and register here


Family Arts Night – T2!


Mark Your Calendar


Join Us For the Following Events! 
2/22/22 is a TWOsday!

Wear a tutu or dress as someone’s twin on this special double day! 

March 4, 6:00-7:30

Family Arts Night

A virtual evening of performances, presentations, and celebrations!

Saturday, April 2

Rolling With Your Sweetheart

Brunch, live music, dance party, and yard games – an outside event

Saturday, April 23

Earth Day Celebration

A celebration of the earth and our community – artmaking, clean-up, earth-friendly education, and more! 

More events in the works – join a committee to help us plan fun activities for students and families!  

Committee Night is 6:00-7:00 pm every THIRD WEDNESDAY of the month.  See the What’s Goods for more information. 

Keep an eye out for links and details for events in future What’s Good in the Neighborhoods and class Monday Mailers


DIY PD – This Thursday

This Thursday night, City Neighbors Foundation is hosting our 3rd DIY PD of the school year.  There are some interesting breakouts already set, including sessions on the Effectiveness of Professional Learning Communities, Linking Equity and Restorative Practices, and Storytelling with Students.   Check it out!  


2/22/22 is on a TWOsday!

The Care Leadership Team is planning fun activities and themes for 2/22/22 – students might dress up as twins, wear tutus, etc. We have ideas to get the ball rolling and would LOVE your ideas for this particular TWOsday!


Join the CNH Board! Elections this Spring

3 Upcoming Board Positions – We have 9 parent/guardian positions on the CNH Board, each having a 3-year tenure,  with 3 of the positions open for election each year. 
Community Relations

  • Build relationships with internal school community and external Baltimore City communities
  • Coordinate our annual Earth Day Event
  • Coordinate any other community events that the committee plans

  • Collaborate with other committees to plan fundraising events for the school
  • Coordinate annual fundraising drive
  • Develop new initiatives for raising funds for school programming

  • Serve as Board Secretary by taking notes at monthly board meetings 
  • Coordinate new communication initiatives for the board and school
10 Reasons to join the CNH Board 

  1. Great networking opportunities.
  2. Develop your leadership skills by learning from others.
  3. Allows you to have a voice in what choices CNH is making for your child and the school community as a whole.
  4. Nice resume & reference builder.
  5. All 40 volunteer hours would be fulfilled for the calendar year.
  6. Excellent way to explore new passions or hobbies.
  7. Great way to make new friends and build professional connections.
  8. Learn more about how the City Neighbors Foundation operates.
  9. Develop a strong relationship with school administration.
  10. Make a real difference!
Time Commitment

  • Attend CNH Board meetings (1 hour per month, virtual/in person options)
  • Lead a committee of family members who support initiatives of your position (1 hour per month, virtual/in person options)

Interested?  Contact Board President, Christine Alamed at  


Family Participation Hours

Please see the note below from our new Family Participation Committee Chair. 

Good morning CNH Families!

My name is Kate Funderburk and I am the new Family Participation Committee chair.  I am looking forward to getting to know more of you and working in this new role! 

I am also very excited that the kids are all back to in-person learning!  With that being said, here is a great opportunity for you to log the hours that you spent assisting and working with your child during virtual school!  You can follow the link below to record these hours.

As a friendly reminder, families are encouraged to log 40 hours per school year.  Logging hours is SUPER easy and can be recorded for the following events:

-Teacher conferences

-School events

-IEP Meetings

-Classroom helper

-Fundraising events

-Committee meetings

-Extracurricular activities

-Anything else that you do to make CNH a better school community!

 Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for any questions regarding your family’s participation hours:


Free At Home COVID Tests

The government is providing four free COVID at-home tests for every house.  Just go to this link and complete the form with your home address!


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:

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


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