Message about Principal Candidates

We are now at the phase of bringing Principal Candidates to our school campus to meet our community… and to have our community tell us what you think.  Please read the message below from Mike.

And please join us on Zoom from 12:00-12:30 to ask each candidate questions and get to know them a little bit!

March 14, 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, dedicating nearly 20 hours in just the last two weeks interviewing prospective candidates and deliberating on who might make the next great school leader for City Neighbors Charter School.

Over 50 people have applied for the Principal position.    From there, nearly 20 were vetted in an introductory Zoom meeting.    The CNH Principal Hiring Committee then conducted in-depth interviews with 11 candidates, each with rich educational and leadership backgrounds.

The Hiring Committee selected six candidates to come spend a day at City Neighbors as part of the next phase of our interview process.   During this day, they will observe classrooms, meet with students, staff and parents, and get to know us – as we get to know them.

We invite you to join us from 12-12:30  via Zoom each day of a candidate visit to hear from the candidate, ask a few questions, and provide initial feedback and impressions.

Tuesday, March 15 at noon

Thursday, March 17 at noon

Friday, March 18 at noon

Monday, March 21 at noon

Tuesday, March 22 at noon

 Wednesday, March 23 at noon

Here is the Zoom link for all the meetings listed above:

After these two weeks of day-long interviews, we will invite 1-3 finalists for in-depth visits between the weeks of March 28th and April 8th.

We are enthusiastic about the quality and experiences of our candidates.   And, we remain optimistic about finding our next school leader by mid-April.     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


Noteworthy Upcoming Dates:


       Wednesday, March 15

City Neighbors Founders Day
Saturday, April 2

Rolling With Your Sweetheart,

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

Monday, April 11-18

Spring Break (School Resumes Tuesday, April 19)

Saturday, April 23

Earth Day Celebration

A celebration of the earth and our community – art-making, clean-up, earth-friendly education, and more!  See details  below.

Committee Night is 6:00-7:00 pm every THIRD WEDNESDAY of the month.  See the What’s Goods for more information.


Committee Night TOMORROW 6:00-7:00

Help us plan events for kids, families, and more!  Join Committee Night tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15th from 6:00-7:00 on Zoom. Let’s get our kids out of the building, going places, and with each other in more interactive ways.  With the weather changing, the options are endless!

Please join us!

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CNH Gear Day

Believe it or not, we ran out of logos today.  My goodness! We are printing more logos and preparing each one in the next two days so that we can finish Gear Day on either Wednesday or Thursday of this week.  We are excited for the enthusiasm for CNH gear! Kindergarten and Middle School weren’t able to go today.


 Earth Day Celebration

The Community Relations Committee is partnering with local textile artist Jennifer Becker to facilitate an art workshop at our upcoming Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 11AM-2PM (Rain Date, Sunday, April 24, 2022). We will be collaborating with CNH students, their families, and other members of the local community to create an art installation inspiring earth stewardship.  Students will brainstorm creative ways they can work with their families to make personal climate pledges and commitments for the community that will create positive impacts for our planet.

We will be using upcycled materials to create climate pledge quilt pieces that will be displayed in the school by the main office. Our committee will be providing most of the supplies needed to facilitate this project, but we would love the help of our CNH community in collecting some paper materials to incorporate in our pieces. If you have any old: gift wrap, newspapers, take-out menus, tissue paper, junk mail, greeting cards, we would love to use them in our art installation. We are collecting materials up until Wednesday, March 30, 2022 in the labeled bin/box in the front lobby.

We are looking forward to coming together with our CNH families and neighborhood community members for a day dedicated in service to create art and inspire earth stewardship for generations to come.

Many thanks,

The Community Relations Committee


Spreading Joy Within our Spheres of Influence

Ms. Cheryl’s advisory has focused all year on finding and spreading joy within our own sphere of influence. The quote this week was “We must turn to each other, not on each other”. As we learned about the events in Ukraine, we decided to show our support by wearing the Ukrainian colors.


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.


City Neighbors Summer Camp for Rising K through 4th Grades

Beginning July 6, 2022 rising kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth graders are invited to expand their minds and bodies at the City Neighbors Children Summer Program designed just for them. City Neighbors known focus on the development of the whole child and progressive approach to learning  will have children ages 6-10 active and engaged throughout our air conditioned City Neighbors Charter School classrooms, creative play space, garden, and more.  2022 will be our eighth summer session.

Summer session will include traditional general day camp activities and dynamic challenges. Summer Camp Activities in the past have included: Reading & Writing, Singing, Bike Riding, Drama, Blueberry Picking, Gardening, Crafts, Hiking, Visiting Artists, Percussion, Puppetry,  Watercolor Painting,  Clay Sculpture, and Weekly Field trips.

We currently are planning for an in person camp, with new guidelines to keep campers and staff safe and curtail Covid transmission.  Summer Program Director, Sharon Jackson, will lead a staff of caring and committed professional educators from both K-8 City Neighbors schools.  Their exciting programming will challenge children to learn.


Cost: $300/week

Where:  This year, City Neighbors Summer Camp will take place at City Neighbors Charter School, 4301 Raspe Avenue, 21206.

Financial Aid Scholarships available (please mark your interest on the application).    Please apply regardless of financial status.

Dates and Times: July 6 – July 29, Monday through Friday, 9am- 3pm.

Before and After Camp Care: Available on site for a separate fee from 8:00-9:00 am and 3:00-5:30 pm.

Snacks, Breakfast and Lunch: Nutritious, fresh snacks and meals will be provided daily to all campers.  You may choose to bring your lunch if you prefer or have allergy concerns.

There will be 60 spots for campers this year.  Apply early!  We look forward to summer adventures with you!

Important Summer Camp Dates

January 24

Registration begins

February 15

Summer Program Information Night

Meet the Director and the Assistant Director on Zoom, Link will be sent out

March 15

Application Deadline

March 22

Financial Aid Award Notification to Families

April 5

Commitment/Registration by Families, Camp deposit due at time of enrollment

April 26

Health forms due

July 6

First Day of Camp at City Neighbors Charter School, 4301 Raspe Ave

July 21

Big Kids Campout at CNCS

July 29

Last Day of Camp: Parade, and Celebration 2:30-4:00

Access the digital 2022 City Neighbors Summer Camp Application

Also accessible at this link:


Summer Math Opportunities

No matter the location, all Math Camps are open to all rising 2nd through 8th grade CNH students. Check it out!

This year, we are offering four math camps for City Neighbors Charter School and City Neighbors Hamilton students.   All camps are open to students from both City Neighbors K-8 schools!

Details:  2 weeks     9-noon daily     Free     No more than 12 students per Math Camp experience


Budding Mathematicians: Come Grow Your Math Skills!

Rising 8th Graders

August 8-19

City Neighbors Hamilton Campus, Ms. Budd Brown

This summer, rising 8th graders will have an opportunity to practice and refine key pre-algebra skills before their last year of middle school, while also being exposed to upcoming content. Students will complete mini hands-on projects, utilize technology for daily skills  practice, and practice problem based inquiry to solve real world and mathematical problems. This session is appropriate for all ability/performance levels. Come and grow your math skills before the start of the 22-23 school year!

Polygon Pollinators

Rising 2nd and 3rd graders

July 25-August 5

City Neighbors Charter School Campus, Ms. Almon

During this two week math camp, children will work as a group to design and plant a pollinator garden.  They will learn how pollinators help our garden to grow as well as which plants will attract pollinators.   Children will develop skills in measurement, number sense, and problem solving as they get their hands dirty in the garden.

Test Prep Boot Camp

Rising 5th and 6th

July 5-15

City Neighbors Charter School Campus, Ms. Jones

Testing is just around the corner. Whether tests are designed by the MCAP or the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), schools nationwide are most likely beginning those additional meetings, signing legal documents full of security warnings, and sending out robocalls. Since the pandemic many students have not taken a standardized test and may now be fearful of showing what they know. Let’s give them the tools necessary to do well and feel prepared. When it comes to preparing students for tests, there’s no magic bullet, but there is magic in the room when a teacher says with assurance, “You’ve worked hard, and this is just a way to show others what I already get to see every day. I’m not worried, and you shouldn’t be either. You’re ready.” So let’s get a head start!

Scratch Coding

Rising 4th and 5th graders

August 1-12

City Neighbors Charter School Campus, Ms. Dore

For Beginner and Intermediate programmers in Scratch.  Scratch uses a custom programming language that is easy to understand. By moving and combining blocks of code, campers develop their own programs and create super-cool animation projects. Campers can make their animations unique by designing their character’s appearances, adding unique background images and sounds, and programming their characters to dance, sing, and talk, in addition to other endless possibilities! After creating their first animation, campers can work on a wide variety of interactive projects such as a Maze Game, a Basketball Game, a Whack-A-Mole Game, a Fruit Droppers Game, a Tron Game, a Table Tennis Game, a Pinball Game, or an Asteroids Arcade Game, complete with levels and scoring! Each camper will leave camp with at least two projects.

Questions?   Contact Mike Chalupa at


Summer Freedom School Program for Rising 3-8 graders

  1. Parent Interest Form Link- for parents’ interest in Freedom School. I will be sending the actual application link to parents who sign up through the google form first!

  1. Read A loud Guest Interest Link- For anyone who is interested in reading to the scholars during Harambee this summer.

Read A Loud Guest Interest Form

During Freedom School we will have Harambee every morning from 9am-9:30am. The Read A Loud Guest will come during that time and read a short story/poem/book to the scholars. The scholars will then ask the reader questions. After that we will thank the reader and you will be free to leave or stay for the rest of Harambee. After you fill this form out, the Site Coordinator will reach out to you within the upcoming weeks to confirm the date. As we get closer to the start of Freedom School, their will be a reminder sent out. *The location for the reader will be City Neighbors Hamilton on Sefton Ave.

  1. Volunteer Interest Form Link- This is for maybe parents, teachers, support staff, or maybe even students who would like to help during the summer. This will be great for Fridays when we have trips and need volunteers to chaperone!


Fox and Heron Early Childhood Outdoor Education Camp!

Are you seeking a safe, fun and local outdoor summer program for your preschooler or 1st to 3rd grader? BLISS Meadows is back with our Fox and Heron Early Childhood Outdoor Education Camp! Your little one can spend their days amongst our farm and forest, where they will get to garden and explore urban ecology!

The program runs from 9:00AM – 2:00PM five days/week from July 5th to August 26th. You can meet our environmental educators and have some outdoor fun during Family Campfire Night and Orientation on Saturday, June 25th form 6:00PM – 8:00pm.


Optional Masks Beginning on Monday 3/14

Below is the email I sent last week about optional masks at CNH:

Dear CNH Families,

Last week, the District announced that starting March 14 mask wearing will be optional in all Baltimore City Schools. I was curious about our community’s stance on this, as Baltimore City parents/guardians/caregivers, so I sent out a survey last week requesting your thoughts.

We received approximately 160 responses.  Almost half of the responses support masks being optional.  However, approximately ¾ of the community want their own children to wear masks.

We reached out to the District and have learned that we need to comply with the District-wide masking policy that was determined along with a team of health professionals. That means that, beginning on Monday, March 14th, masks will be optional at CNH.

Below are some points that the staff wanted to make sure were shared with you:

  • If you would like your child to wear a mask and want to check in with their teachers to see if they are indeed wearing their masks at school, please feel free to do so.

  • We have some staff members who are high risk or have family members who are high risk.  If a teacher requests that a student wears a mask for the time they are interacting with them closely, we request that it be honored.

  • If your child is showing any cold-like symptoms, please test them for COVID and have them wear a mask, even with just a cold.  We have all been masked for the past two years, and our immunities are down – meaning we are more susceptible to catching colds and the flu.  Wearing masks when we are fighting a cold or coming down with an illness will help prevent the spread of even non-COVID ailments.

  • With some students not wearing masks, they will be touching their noses and mouths more frequently which could increase their chances of getting general sicknesses.  With that, we are going to be diligent with hand washing routines and wiping tables/doorknobs with cleaners to help minimize the spread of germs.

  • Masks both indoors and outdoors will be optional so please talk with your child about your expectations for them in all settings.

I understand that this information may affect each of you in different ways and may take some time to process what this means for you as a family and the expectations you have for your children. Although we are not able to enforce mask wearing, we are happy to stay in communication with you about your child and will continue to remind our students about the benefits of mask wearing.

Thanks for your partnership and trust throughout the past two years in this pandemic.  Your child’s safety and well-being are at the forefront of our minds.

Be well,



Family Participation Hours

Please see the message below from our new Family Participation Committee Chair.

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:


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


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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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