The 10-Day forecast for this week into next is indicative of March in the Mid-Atlantic – wet and not really warm but not really cold, moderate in the daytime and freezing in the nighttime.  I often wonder which coat I should wear?  Should I bring my gloves? You might be wondering the same thing with your kids.

Here’s a word of advice – Dress your child in layers that they can easily remove.  The heat is on in our building until it is turned off until next winter.  That means that rooms are often hot, but might be cool if your child sits near a window. We go outside for recess one to two recesses per day, for mask breaks, and for outdoor related walking fieldwork. Please dress your child for them to be able to be outside for up to one hour at a time without getting cold.

We look forward to more and more outside time and fresh air under the expansiveness of the sky.  Have a wonderful week, everyone.

–Dr. Shyla.


Noteworthy Upcoming Dates:



Friday, March 4, 6-7:30

Family Arts Night (Virtual) – Zoom Link

Friday, March 11

CNH Gear Day 1:30-4:00

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 – THIS FRIDAY!

Below is the Zoom information for Friday:

Topic: Trimester 2 Family Arts Night

Time: Mar 4, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Mark Your Calendar

March 4, 6:00-7:30

Family Arts Night

A virtual evening of performances, presentations, and celebrations!

Friday, March 11

CNH Gear Day

Bring a t-shirt (or sweatpants, or sweatshirt, or pillow case, or jacket, or….. Whatever fabric item  you would like a CNH logo on), pay $5 per logo, and make your own CNH gear!

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


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

 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:


Principal Search Update

February 28, 2022

Dear City Neighbors Hamilton community,

We are writing to update you again on the Principal Search process.

The CNH Principal Hiring Committee has been hard at work (already putting hours of work in) designing a guiding list of look-for qualities in our new Principal, as well as a robust hiring process and a set of interview questions that will best help us know the candidates – and allow them to know us and our priorities.

Thus far, we have received over 45 applications for our Principal position.   We have conducted initial vetting interviews.  Now, the CNCH Principal Hiring Committee will conduct formal first interviews with nine promising candidates on Tuesday and Saturday of this week.   There may be additional candidates from the pool  entering the first interview phase in subsequent weeks.   We have received a robust and qualified group of applicants!

The Hiring Process will consist of four parts:    the initial vetting interview, a full first interview with the Hiring Committee, a one day “Get to Know Us” visit to the school to see us in action and meet with constituents, and a final one-day visit to our school which will include a robust set of tasks connected to our community and our approach.    There will be opportunities for community input and feedback along the way.

Our current ambitious timeline is as follows:

  • First Interviews, March 1-12

  • Second Interviews (Day-Long Visits), March 14-25

  • Final Interviews (1-2 Day Visit), March 28-April 8

It is very possible that we will have our next Principal selected by Spring Break.   We, of course, will give ourselves grace to extend the timeline or even re-open the search in order to ensure that we have a candidate that we can enthusiastically endorse.

We will continue to keep everyone updated about our progress, including ways that you can meet prospective second round candidates.    Please feel free to reach out to Mike ( with wonderings, worries, or brilliant ideas along the way.

In partnership,

 Christine Alamed                                                             Mike Chalupa

Board President, City Neighbors Hamilton                     Director, City Neighbors Foundation


Summer Opportunities for Families

Please send me any opportunities for students or families – I am happy to put them in the What’s Good.  See summer opportunities for families who have experienced cancer.

Camp Kesem is a free, week-long overnight summer camp experience designed for children age 6 to 18 who are impacted by a parents cancer.  There are several local chapters through Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland.  Camp Kesem chapters also organize local events throughout the year to support the children and parents or caregivers,


Justin’s Beach House is a respite home free of charge for families with cancer (within 1 year of treatment). Offering time away from doctors and hospitals, Justin’s Beach House is a place for the family to relax and unwind in beautiful Bethany Beach, Delaware.


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!


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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.

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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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