This Week:

          • Tuesday, February 18:  Kirwan Cards, dismissal time, outside stage (see below)
          • Wednesday, February 19:  Kirwan Cards, dismissal time, outside stage
          • Friday, February 21:  Kirwan Cards, dismissal time, outside stage

                         Mark Your Calendars:

            • Thursday, February 27:  City Neighbors Delegation to Annapolis, 9 AM – 12 PM (see below)
            • Thursday, March 5:   Family Arts Night, 5:45 – 8 PM (see below)
            • Monday, March 16:  Summer Camp Applications due
            • Friday, March 27:  Report Cards Mailed


The Classroom Support Committee NEEDS YOU!

Need volunteer hours? Have an hour or two to complete some simple organization and clean up projects for the school?  

Our teachers have a wish list of small projects that will help make our school a better place, such as:

                • Ordering and placing bookplates in books donated by her family for the Obi Okobi Memorial Library at school.
                • Using a label machine to label computer cords and pair them with the proper Chromebooks.
                • Research vendors (or even better – a donation!) and coordinate installation of  an outdoor bulletin board to be affixed to the stage wall for school and community announcements.
                • Sorting and organizing books in the upstairs copy room.

There are many more manageable, easy-to-complete projects on the Classroom Committee’s wish list. To take one on, please contact Mary Alice at  Thank you!


Turn Out and Turn It Up!

It’s Time To Act!  – Make A Difference in Public Education

This year, we in Maryland have the opportunity to pass historic educational reform – the Blueprint for Maryland Schools (Kirwan Commission).  This legislation will significantly increase resources for our schools and re-shape early childhood education, teacher preparation, and other important elements of our educational system.

Thank you to everyone who turned out in Annapolis yesterday to represent!  The turnout was amazing!  Please take a moment to thank those who supported this legislation:  Speaker Adrienne Jones:  Senator Bill Ferguson:

Next Advocacy Opportunity:  We need you on Thursday, February 27!. City Neighbors is sending a delegation to Annapolis with Strong Schools Maryland that day.  That morning, we will visit legislators and advocate for the Blueprint legislation.   Arrive by 9 in Annapolis, leave no later than noon.  We are looking for 15-20 people!   If you can make it, contact Mike at

Please join us in our efforts to show Maryland legislators that we need to fully fund education in Maryland.  If you would like to join the Advocacy Team,  email Gwendolyn Unoko, Director of Community Programs, at

Thank You,

Your CN Advocacy Team

Demand Maryland Legislators Fully Fund our Schools!

The Kirwan Commission (Blueprint for Maryland Schools) conducted a three-year study on Maryland schools and found that “as of 2015, our schools have been underfunded $2 million a year.”  The commission is recommending a statewide increase to the education budget of $4 Billion to close the gaps. For more information visit  

Let our State delegates know what you think!

  • How: Kirwan Cards
  • What: Cards printed with pictures and quotes of Maryland constituents and their families who support the Blueprint For Maryland, (recommendations from the Kirwan commission)
  • Why: To show delegates we support this legislation
  • When: Tuesday, February 18, Wednesday, February 19, Friday, February 21, at dismissal time
  • Where: The outside stage
  • Who:  Ms. Farley will be ready to take your picture and get your quote!


Take your own picture and email it to Ms. Farley,, along with a quote of why you support Blueprint for Maryland by Friday, February 21.


Mark Your Calendars NOW for CNH Spring Jam 2020, May 7

Spring Jam 2020, a celebration of Northeast Baltimore, is an effort to build community and raise funds for special projects that will further integrate City Neighbors Hamilton with surrounding neighborhoods. Proceeds will support the development of an outdoor musical instrument garden, green initiatives around the school, and new after-school clubs and classes at City Neighbors Hamilton.  Stay turned for more details.
In the meantime, we are assembling volunteers. Sign up here:
Questions? Contact Christina Delgado,


Mark Your Calendars: Family Arts Night #2!

On Thursday, March 5, CNH will host the 2nd Family Arts Night for the 2019-2020 school year! The event will run from 5:45-8 PM. We will start the evening with performances in the auditorium and then break into student-led workshops as well as a few guest artist workshops.  We look forward to coming together again for an evening of fun!


Another Enrollment Lottery in the Books!

Our 2020-21 Enrollment Lottery took place last Wednesday, February 12 at 1 PM in the school library, with a representative from Baltimore City Public Schools and about 20 applicant families on hand to witness it.  We received about 400 enrollment applications for 2020-21.  Many thanks to Justin Eames for his invaluable IT support and to Kachaelar Jones for assisting in getting acceptance and wait list letters out swiftly to eager families.


Summer Job Opportunities for Students 14 and Older:  

Deadline March 1

It’s not too early for your teens to begin thinking about a summer job!  Summer jobs can provide opportunities for students to earn real pay for real work, learn about the workplace, apply education they received during the school year, contribute to communities and families, and connect with positive role models.  YouthWorks summer jobs program is available to students ages 14 to 21.  Beginning January 2, students can apply at  Find out more at


What’s Happening at the Pratt

DICheck out what’s happening at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in January and February:


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.