The New Year is a great time to see ourselves in our best light.  We can forget about the regrets of the previous year and envision a year filled with all of the right decisions.  What will I commit to for the year? 364 days from now, what do I want to remember about this year?

Something that I have always found beautiful about teaching is that every day feels like a New Year’s Day to me. Each morning is ripe with the possibilities of a new day and the potential for great learning. I live by the motto at the bottom of every email, “Today you are beautiful.” What makes this a pivotal statement to me is that every day is like New Year’s day — It doesn’t matter how you were yesterday or how you think you might be tomorrow. Today, you are beautiful.  And, it’s always today! I wish you 365 New Year’s days in 2019, of which you are beautiful.



A Look Ahead:

Tues. Jan 8 — 6:00-7:30 — Board meeting

Wed. Jan 9 — 6:30-8:00 — Enrollment Open House

Thur. Jan 10 — 6:00-9:00 — Board Development Training

Sat. Jan 11 — 1:00-2:30 — Enrollment Open House

Tues. Jan 15 — 6:30-7:30 — Puerto Rico planning meeting in Mr Johnson’s room

Wed. Jan 16 — 1:00 Dismissal for Progress Report Conferences

Thur. Jan 17 —  1:00 Dismissal for Progress Report Conferences

Fri. Jan 18 — 1:00 Dismissal for Progress Report Conferences


Sibling/Staff Enrollment 2019-20

We are currently accepting enrollment applications for school year 2019-20.  If you want to make application for the sibling of a current student or you are a staff member who wants to apply for your child, you need to submit an application by Monday, January 28, 2019.  You can download an If you know any families who may be interested in City Neighbors Hamilton, we encourage you to encourage them to join as at one of our open houses:application from our website or pick up a hard copy in the office.

For current students, Intent to Return forms will be distributed on Monday, January 14.  Please complete and return them by Monday, January 28, 2019.

If you know anyone who may be interested in City Neighbors or City Neighbors Hamilton, we encourage you to encourage them to attend an open house.  Well supervised children are welcome.


City Neighbors Foundation on Social Media

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 Twitter handle:   @CityNeighbors




Help Us Increase Reading with Our Young People!


We are looking for parent volunteers who could help with Scholastic Book sales. Radhika Shenoy (2nd grade parent) is our Scholastic Coordinator and would love some help! The commitment is light (a few meetings and some email communication) until book sales in March. At that point, you would help us get volunteers to help in the classes. If interested, contact Radhika at


Family Participation

It was great to see so many families at our Winter Arts Showcase! If you didn’t sign in at the event, please Click here to log Your Family Participation Hours!

Letters about your family’s participation were distributed (either at Arts Showcase or in your student’s backpack before Winter Break). We know meeting our family participation goal isn’t easy for everyone so the Family Participation (Accountability) Committee is here to help you figure out how you can meet this goal. Please contact Elisabeth Hyleck ( with questions about your hours or for guidance. Thank you!


Monster Mini-Golf Fundraiser to Benefit the 8th Grade Service Trip to Puerto Rico

When:  Thursday, January 17, 1-4 PM (CNH dismisses at 1 for Parent-Teacher Conferences)

Where:  1969 E. Joppa Road, Parkville, MD 21234

How much:  $8 for Mini Golf, $10.50 for Two Games of Laser Tag, $12.50 for Mini Golf/Laser Tag Combo, one game each per person

If you can’t make it to the event that day but still want to support us, see the link to purchase gift cards for future dates. The 8th grade will get credit for all purchases of gift cards through this link.

No Reservations are needed but you need to mention the fundraiser at the register.

The 2019 Progressive Education Summit is just a few weeks away—Saturday, January 26!

We hope you will join us this year.    If you are one of the 370 people who have already registered, we look forward to seeing you soon!    If you haven’t, it’s not too late to register:

Keynote Speaker, David Sobel“Bring education back into the neighborhood…Get teachers and students into the community, into the woods and on the streets–closer to beauty and true grit. Get the town engineer, the mayor, and the environmental educators onto the schoolyard and inside the four walls of the school. This is where we belong.”

Master Classes by David Sobel (Place-Based Education)Dr. Wendy Shaia (Race Equity in Schools), and Ron Ritchhart (Creating Cultures of Thinking).

Our first-ever Baltimore Storyteller Series with stories by Kaye Whitehead, Ivan Roberts, Paolo Gregory, Ebony McKiver, Andrew Foster Connors, Johnette Richardson, Valeria Fuentes, Tia Coutroupis, Mark Carter, Hilary Sigismondi, and more.

Complimentary breakfast provided by Zeke’s, lunch provided by Taste This, and our annual Wine and Cheese reception at the end of the day.

And almost 30 workshops from practitioners!


Join City Neighbors in Annapolis on January 10, 9-12

On the morning of January 10, the first full day of the legislative session, City Neighbors will be in Annapolis, representing our organization and Strong Schools Maryland – a statewide coalition of organizations pushing for full and equitable education funding. Each day of the session, one organization will be in Annapolis to communicate the importance of fully funding education in Maryland. City Neighbors is taking the lead on Day One.

· We will caravan/carpool down to Annapolis from City Neighbors that morning, leaving about 8, returning about 1.

· We will catch legislators on the way in, be recognized from the Gallery, and visit offices after the morning session.

If you can join us, please sign up here: