The snowdrop flowers are the first to bloom, even while snow is still on the ground, and herald Spring with innocence and hope. What I love about the snowdrop flower is that it doesn’t multiply through seeds externally – it grows new bulbs off of the mother bulb and can be separated and replanted to spread across the ground. It grows and develops where we can’t see it, provides us with delicate beauty in the cold days of February, and proliferates year after year.  It reminds me of education – the bounties are often unseen by the teacher, blooming at another place and time as a result of careful planting and care.

Near the end of a joyful day with my toddler and husband today (we called it our bonus family day), we went for a long walk around the neighborhood and stumbled across a front yard (photographed above) covered in snowdrops. At that moment, wearing only a hoodie on a 60+ degree day, I was giddy by the promise of Spring with these flowers that had broken through the cold ground.  Enjoy the moments of Spring this week, as we toggle between seasons, and rejoice in the small moments like I had today.  Enjoy!

Have a wonderful week, everyone,

–Dr. Shyla.


Noteworthy Upcoming Dates:



Friday, March 4, 6-7:30

Family Arts Night (Virtual)

Friday, March 11

Report Cards mailed

Tuesday, March 15

City Neighbors Founders Day

April 11-18

Spring Break (School Resumes Tuesday, April 19)


Family Arts Night – T2!


Join us for the Following Events!

February 22

2/22/22 is a TWOsday!

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

March 4

Family Arts Night, 6:00 -7:30 PM

A virtual evening of performances, presentations, and celebrations!

April 2

Rolling With Your Sweetheart

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

April 23

Earth Day Celebration

A celebration of the earth and our community – art-making, 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


K-2 Aftercare – Help Wanted by Fitness Fun & Games

Fitness Fun & Games is a non-profit, MSDE-licensed school-age childcare program to be located in City Neighbors Hamilton. There are job openings here, in addition to other locations in Baltimore City Schools, before and/or after school. This work may count for college credit and/or count for career experience in education. There are opportunities for training in childcare. Please share this with others and through social media. Apply under “Jobs” at


 City Neighbors 2030 Family Forums

In order for us to plan how we want City Neighbors schools to look, feel, and be in 2030, we desperately need family feedback and ideas.  Please make the time to join one of our family forums:

City Neighbors 2030 Parent Forum 1

Friday, March 4,  9am-10am

City Neighbors 2030 Parent Forum 2

Tuesday, March 8, 5:30-6:30 pm

As the process continues, we will keep you updated on the work and the progress.   In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Mike ( with any ideas, thoughts, or questions.


Join the CNH Board! Elections this Spring

Parents/Guardians – Join the CNH Board!

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)


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 subsidizing four free Covid at-home tests for every house.  Just go to this link and complete the form with your home address!


Get Your CNH Gear!

Show Your School Spirit with CNH Gear!

Help support our school with custom printed merch from the CNH Gear Store!



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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