This Week:

          • TODAY! Monday, January 27:          Deadline for sibling and staff enrollment applications for 2020-21 (see below)
          • TODAY! Monday, January 27:          Deadline for submission of Intent to Return forms from all current families (see below)
          • Tuesday, January 28:                        Enrollment Open House, 6:30 – 8 PM, Cafe

                              Mark Your Calendars:

          • Monday, February 3:          Enrollment Open House, 9 -10:30 AM, Cafe
          • Wednesday, February 12:  Enrollment Lottery, 1 PM, Library
          • Monday, February 17:        SCHOOL CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS DAY
          • Thursday, March 5:             Family Arts Night, 5:45 – 8 PM (see below)
          • Friday, March 13:                SCHOOL CLOSED FOR STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


Intent to Return Forms and Sibling/Staff Enrollment, 2020-21

TODAY, January 27 is the deadline for current families (grades K through 7) to submit Intent to Return forms for their children for 2020-21 school year.  We ask for this information this time every year in order to determine how many seats we will have available when we conduct our enrollment lottery in February.  Please submit one form per child you have enrolled at CNH.  The form is not designed for information for more than one student. If you do not have online access, hard copies will be available at the front desk.  If you haven’t submitted yours, please do as soon as possible:

TODAY, January 27 is also the deadline for submission of 2020-21 enrollment applications for children of staff and siblings of current students.  Applications are available in the office or on our website.   You can submit them to the office directly or by scanning and emailing to

Any questions about enrollment for 2020-21?  Contact Stephanie at


First Grade Accepting Book Donations

The first grade classroom is looking for books to help build first graders libraries at home.  We are collecting gently used books from all families. Books will be given to each first grader every week to help build their love of reading and learning.  If you can help in any way, please see Ms. LaShawn or Mrs. Miller in the first grade classroom or reach out to



The First Grade Needs Your Recyclables!

In the month of February, first graders will learn about products invented and patented by black inventors. After their research, students will be tasked with recreating their chosen product using found materials.

Please consider bringing in found and recyclable materials to help with our project. Items such a toilet paper rolls, bottles, caps, cardboard, cans, etc. are welcomed! Bring your recycled items directly to the first grade class!

Thank you!

Ms. LaShawn and Mrs. Miller


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!




Square 1 Fundraiser

CNH will be partnering with Square 1 Art for the third time this year to support fundraising efforts. Students in grades K-5 have begun creating pieces of artwork that can be turned into memorable keepsakes. At the beginning of March, students and families will receive a custom catalog featuring their artwork. The school earns a profit for every order placed – they even cover our shipping if we reach 50 orders! We look forward to sharing more information with you as this fundraiser progresses.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us!

Ms. Cohen & Mary Alice Yeskey


After-School Art Clubs

Three art clubs launching the first week of February:

Monday: Clay Club (grades 6th-8th) 3:15-5 PM

Wednesday: MICA Art Club (3rd-5th grades) 1:15-2:30 PM

Thursday: Portfolio Drawing Class (6th-8th grades) 3:15-4:45 PM

The MICA Art Club has a few more spaces available, but they are going quickly!

The Clay Club and Portfolio Drawing class has plenty of space!

Permission slips are available outside of the main office.

If you’d like a digital copy of the permission slips or have any questions, please contact Ms. Cohen


City Neighbors Summer Camp

It’s the dead of winter, but City Neighbors Foundation has been working with our two lower schools to begin planning for City Neighbors Children’s Camp for Summer 2020!  Coming Soon!  Watch this space!


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

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


Enrollment Open House Dates!


Explore Nature

Registration is now live for the Nature and Young Children Summit at Irvine Nature Center (formerly the Nature Preschool Conference) on  April 3-4 for inspirational workshops and hands-on learning experiences that will re-ignite your passion for connecting children with the natural world, no matter what age you teach or where.


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.