Last Friday I saw three Robins in the tree outside of my daughter’s bedroom window.  Today I heard an orchestra of birds chirping around my house as the birds seem to be returning for Spring.  With the 10-Day forecast in Baltimore in the 50’s most days, it’s going to feel so great!  We DO still have another month until the official Spring Equinox on March 20th, but let’s allow ourselves to savor these next days of warmer weather and sunshine.

In the last 75 days of the school year, we have a lot to accomplish — stay on track with our curricula throughout the school, continue to engage students in even more meaningful ways, work to provide targeted in-person instruction beginning April 12th, build a budget for the school year next year, and end the year with both strong academic growth and emotionally well-balanced and happy students. In this past year of the pandemic, I have greatly appreciated your partnership, communication, and dedication to the school as a whole.  I look forward to ending the year strong and in partnership.

Happy Week 24, everyone!




Noteworthy Upcoming Dates:

Monday, February 22, 5:00-6:00

Family Forum to discuss reopening plans

February 22-26

Grades 2-5 Materials Pick-Up

March 1-5

Assessment Week

Friday, March 5

Completed DoPs and Mid-Year conferences are due

Friday, March 12

End of Trimester 2

March 15-19

Schoolwide Materials Pick-Up



This week we have Synchronous Electives (with the teachers)

This is our last synchronous elective session of Trimester 2!


Family Forum — Mon. February 22, 5:00-6:00

This Monday, February 22, we will share some proposed plans for targeted in-person instruction beginning in April as well as present the budget process for next year. For both topics, we are asking for your feedback, priorities, and wishes for the school. We look forward to sharing these ideas with you and hearing your feedback.  So grateful for your participation!

Below is the Zoom invitation for this meeting.  I changed the settings to allow for guest authentication — that just means that you need to sign-in using either your personal Zoom account or your child’s.  CNH or non-CNH Zoom accounts should work just fine.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 853 2909 2189


Assessment Week March 1-5

Our next Assessment Week, in preparation for Trimester 3 small group instruction, is scheduled for March 1-5. Having this week allows teachers to meet with students 1:1, in small groups, and with virtual diagnostic tools to assess where students have grown academically and where they need more support.  Keep an eye out in each grade-level Monday Mailers for more information on the schedule for that week as it breaks from the structures of our regular academic weeks.


Show your School Pride with CNH Swag!

Who else loves seeing all the CNH bumper stickers driving around the city? Have you noticed your kid’s CNH and Known, Loved, Inspired shirts are all getting too small? Now they can get a fresh version for the coming warmer weather. We even have masks, mugs, hoodies, phone cases and more. Show off your school pride AND help support our school with your purchase – everyone wins.
Click here to check out the CNH school store (Be sure to use the left hand navigation to see all the CNH Gear)


Black History Month Activities & Engagements from the A-Team — Last Week!

For Black History Month, the A-Team (Arts and Athletics) has put resources together for classes to engage with during morning meetings this month. Since The Care Center has Mon., Wed., & Fri covered, the A-Team will be sharing activities and engagements for Tuesdays and Thursdays! You can find the activities on our A-Team Google Site.

We are excited to share these engagements with our students and families and can’t wait to hear how they go!

-Ms. Cohen, Ms. Breai & Mr. Bush


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


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 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.

  • 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!