I am participating in a Meditation Challenge on the 10% Happier app. Today’s lesson was focused on overcoming life’s challenges, especially in this difficult time. They reminded us that we have survived 100% of our life’s challenges. This statement made me think about the quote from James Baldwin above. Part of overcoming obstacles is to face them, consider what can be changed, and focus on what we can do.

When the obstacle extends beyond us as individuals to the larger community, I like to focus on how we can link arms to hold each other up and face adversity as a team. This past year, we have faced many challenges together, and we will most certainly face more to come. This week, as we face the hopeful peaceful transition of power in the White House, let’s join together and help shape tomorrow.  Thanks for your partnership, always.

Happy Week 19, everyone!



Noteworthy Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, January 20

SYNCHRONOUS ELECTIVES THIS WEEK! Students will meet with their Elective teachers this week!

Friday, January 22

Intent to Return forms due for all CNH families

Deadline for CNH sibling applications for 2021-22

January 19, 21, 23

Progressive Ed Summit

  • Tuesday, January 19, 7:00 pm — Keynote Speaker – Dr. Lisa Delpit, author of the seminal works Other People’s Children and Multiplication is for White People.

  • Thursday, January 21, 5:00-8:00 pm — Workshop Night.  Practitioner-led workshops that are the heart of our Summit with educators sharing great  innovative practices with others.

  • Saturday, January 23, 9:00-12:00 — Reimagining Education event featuring Dr. Crystal Laura, Dr. Kaleb Rashad, and Dr. Jal Mehta.

Tuesday, January 26, 9 AM

Enrollment Open House (virtual)

Thursday, January 28

NO SCHOOL, Professional Development Day for teachers

Tues-Friday, February 2-5

12:30 DISMISSAL EACH DAY, Progress Report Conferences 

Wednesday, February 10, 1:00

CNH Lottery for 2021-22

Monday, February 15

No School — Presidents Day



This week we have Synchronous Electives (meaning: with the teachers)

Please remind your students that they will join the elective with their teachers this Wednesday after lunch!


Intent to Return Forms DUE THIS FRIDAY

Each current CNH family has been emailed an Intent to Return form.  We will be holding our enrollment lottery next month for 2021-22.

Please let us know if your children will be returning to CNH in the next school year so that we know how many seats we will have available.  Please look for a google form in your email and complete one for every child you have who currently attends CNH.  Deadline:  Friday, January 22.

Families of current 8th graders do not need to submit a form for that graduating 8th grader.

It is important to note that Intent to Return forms are not enrollment applications for current CNH siblings.  The deadline for sibling enrollment applications is the same as the Intent to Return form:  January 22.  Applications can be downloaded from our website:  www.cityneighborshamilton.org and completed applications should be emailed to applications@cityneighborshamilton.org.

In addition, please note Intent to Return forms are not applications for current 8th graders to City Neighbors High School.  City Neighbors High School enrollment applications and instructions on how to submit them, as well as deadlines can be found here:      https://www.cityneighborshighschool.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=526057&type=d&pREC_ID=1041338

If you have any questions about CNH enrollment, please contact Stephanie at sking@cityneighborshamilton.org.


Yard Signs

We have 120 orange yard signs and chisel-tipped Sharpie markers for students and staff to make a sign that states each family’s commitment for the CNH Community. Each yard sign will be placed in front of the school on the grass.  (Please note: Due to a bit of a delay, all materials will be available for pick-up by Monday, January 25 for folks to pick-up.)

What will your yard sign commit to for our community?  Pick-up your yard sign starting next week!!

Some examples might be: CNH stands up against racism; Our school challenges the status quo; CNH believes in Democratic Schooling; We are Known, Loved, and Inspired; etc.


Spread the Word — CNH is Accepting Enrollment Applications!

We are still accepting applications for next year. Please reach out to your networks and suggest that they apply.  Here is the information for how to apply.  Deadline for new families to apply:  3 PM on February 3.


Family Participation Hours During Remote Learning

During remote learning, family participation is looking very different. We know you are likely engaging in school activities and helping to create the community we had when we were together. You can consider logging hours for:

  • Time spent facilitating your student’s distance learning (i.e. helping them log onto their classes, troubleshooting access issues, navigating Google Classroom, asynchronous learning activities, etc.);

  • Setting up virtual “playdates”;

  • Holding a virtual book club or other enrichment activity;

  • Hosting a conversation with others in our school community like the Family Sharing and Caring meeting or class social time;

  • Watching a City Schools Board meeting;

  • Posting in the City Neighbors Hamilton Families Facebook group and following up on it (.25 hour increments);

  • Participating in PJ Storytime and Spirit Week Activities.

  • Helping child figure out his/her All School Open Mic Act

  • Attend a CNH Virtual Committee Night and/or Board Meetings, and

  • Attend the Parent-Teacher Conference or Back-to-School Summit

  • Time spent coordinating resources for the school (for classroom or facilities; i.e., finding extra computer monitors for teachers)

Please record your hours. If you want to know what activities we already have on record, you can request an up-to-date report by using the form on this page: Request your volunteer hours report

Please contact Elisabeth Hyleck at ehyleck@cityneighborshamilton.org if you have questions or for guidance about how you can meet your participation goal.

Thanks for all you do for our kids and our school!


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


Purchase CNH Gear Online!

Want to represent CNH in all ways?  You can purchase shirts, hoodies, mugs, phone cases, etc on our new TeePublic storefront!  Click here to check out our products!


Donations to City Neighbors Hamilton

If you would like to donate money to the school (for any reason), the easiest ways are through our PayPal account.  Please add a note, no matter how you might donate, with how you would like it used (general educational expenses, technology, arts, etc).

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 at school, please email our Family Participation Board Director, Elisabeth Hyleck, at ehyleck@cityneighborshamilton.org.


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!