This Week:

          • Thursday, March 5:   Family Arts Night, 5:45 – 8 PM (see below)
          • Friday,March 6:  Student Art Show, Gallery Opening, Hamilton Gallery, 5:30 – 8:00 PM, (see below)

                         Mark Your Calendars:

            • Friday, March 13:   SCHOOL CLOSED, Staff Professional Development
            • Monday, March 16:  Summer Camp Applications due
            • Friday, March 27:  Report Cards Mailed
            • Monday, April 6 through Monday, April 13:  SCHOOL CLOSED, Spring Break
            • Tuesday, April 14:  School Resumes
            • Tuesday, April 28:  SCHOOL CLOSED, Election Day
            • Wednesday, April 29, Thursday, April 30, & Friday, May 1:  1 PM DISMISSAL EACH DAY, Parent-Teacher Conferences
            • Thursday, May 7:  Spring Jam 2020 (see below)
            • Friday, May 8:  SCHOOL CLOSED, Staff Professional Development
            • Monday, May 25:  SCHOOL CLOSED, Memorial Day
            • Friday, June 5:  8th grade graduation, 7 PM
            • Friday, June 12:  Report Cards Mailed
            • Monday, June 15, 1 PM DISMISSAL, Last Day of School (subject to change)


Mark Your Calendars: Family Arts Night #2!

Family Arts Night is this Thursday from 5:45-8:00 PM. The evening will be filled with performances and workshops for all ages! We will start in the auditorium promptly at 6 PM with performances from Kindergarten, 5th Grade, and 8th Grade. Students performing need to be in costume and in place backstage by 5:45. Following the performances there will be three sessions of workshops – student led PE and art workshops, as well as guest visual art and dance workshops. Throughout the evening there will be snacks for sale to benefit the 8th grade Service Learning Trip, free food samples, and CNH gear for sale in the cafe.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Thursday night!

~Ms. Cohen, Ms. Breai, and Mr. Bush


T2 Family Arts Night – Overview for MM


Diversity Spotlight

At the February meeting of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, we spoke about the experience of single parents at City Neighbors Hamilton and “family structure” as an aspect of diversity. We’re going to talk about this specifically at the April committee meeting. In the meantime, we’d like to hear your thoughts about how differences in family structure can shape a family’s experience at the school. Please send them to

This month’s book recommendations come from one of our committee members, Maia Holden. Her note and book picks are below. Talk to you next month!

                                        ~Lawrence Lanahan~

The books highlighted this month touch on the topic of names and identity. Our names are one of our most personal possessions. They were carefully selected by people who love us. Names can set us apart as individuals, include us in a group, or both!  Some things you might want to talk about with your family:

Who gave you your name? Do you know why it was selected?
What does your name mean to you? Was there ever a time that you didn’t like your name or wished it was something else? How does it feel when someone mispronounces your name? Do you think it is important to call someone by their real name?
Do you think it is OK to use nick names?

The Name Jar
by Yangsook Choi

Children’s Bookstore

A girl from Korea named Unhei tells her new classmates she will pick a new name that’s easier to pronounce. They fill a jar with potential names. Will they learn to love her real name?



My Name Is María Isabel 
By Alma Flor Ada, K. Dyble Thompson (Illustrator)

Children’s Bookstore
Pratt Library

“We already have two Marías in this class,” the teacher tells María Isabel Salazar López. “Why don’t we call you Mary instead?” But María Isabel has been named for her aunt and grandmother. Losing her name means losing the most important part of herself.




Esperanza Rising
By Pam Munoz Ryan

Children’s Bookstore
Pratt Library

In this Depression-era tale, a tragedy forces Esperanza from a privileged life on her family’s ranch in Mexico for a California farm labor camp. Will Esperanza be accepted? And when he mother gets sick, can she rise to better her circumstances?


Service Learning at CNH Needs Your Support

At City Neighbors Hamilton, 8th grade students participate in a service learning project. The aim of this project is to expand the world view of our students by giving them an opportunity to engage with another culture, support our fellow citizens in meaningful ways through service, and instill a desire to learn by researching and exploring.

This year, the 8th-grade trip and coursework will be focused on supporting individuals that have immigrated to Miami, Florida. Students will embody the City Neighbors Way by giving their time and talents towards helping families/communities rebuild and stabilize.

We need your help to make this trip happen. We need to raise $9,000 by April 20, 2020. The money we raise will go to support the following for our students: airfare, lodging, transportation, meals, activities, supplies, medical preparations.

Consider giving to our GoFundMe campaign.

Every dollar counts!  Here is a list of costs for this experience:

  • Snacks for one student per day – $5.00
  • Breakfast for one student per day – $10.00
  • Lunch  for one student per day – $15.00
  • Ground transportation for one student per day- $17.00
  • Dinner for one student per day – $20.00
  • Lodging for one student per day – $35.00
  • 1 round trip airline ticket per student – $270
  • The cost of one students’ total participation –  $1200

Any extra money raised will go towards buying needed supplies and materials for the affected population.  We need all the help we can get – together we can do so much!

Participating students will be forever changed and return as more compassionate citizens. They will make lasting friendships with the people they meet and be more aware of how we are all connected.

Thank you so much for considering donating to our GoFundMe page!

Or donate on our school website:  Be sure to make a note that it’s for the Service Learning Trip!

To help us get the word out, please share our link with your networks!


Which CNH Students Created This Art?

Stay tuned to find out! The Square 1 Art fundraiser is coming to CNH in just a few weeks. This is an important fundraiser that not only highlights the incredibly creative and brilliant artwork our students create, but also helps raise much needed funds to make our great school even greater. Your student’s piece of original art can be made into just about anything: stickers, magnets, mouse pads, mugs, the catalog is chock full of ideas. This is a GREAT way to gift shop for Mother’s Day, or even holiday shopping for those real go-getters out there. Look for ordering catalogs going home with students soon! If you have questions about the Square 1 Art fundraiser, please email Mary Alice at



Tickets on Sale Now for Spring Jam 2020, May 7!


Spring Jam 2020, a Celebration of Northeast Baltimore, is an effort to build community and raise funds for special projects for CNH.

Admission includes two drink tickets, light fare from local vendors, and access to a stellar silent auction featuring goods and services from Northeast Baltimore businesses. Cash bar available after drink tickets have been used.

Musical acts include: critically acclaimed pianist Scott Patterson of Afro House; local indie rock band, Disappearing Ink; and traditional Irish music by Matt Mulqueen on piano, Jim Eagan on fiddle, and Sean McComiskey, who has been described as “one of America’s great button accordion players.”

This is an adult-only event for ages 21 and older.

Plenty of street parking along Harford Road, Rosekemp, and Southern Avenues, as well as in the lot behind Zeke’s Coffee.

Proceeds will go towards special projects to further integrate the school with surrounding neighborhoods, including improvements to our outdoor space.

Tickets:  $25 per person.  Get tickets here.
Spread the word!
In the meantime, we are assembling volunteers. Sign up here:
Questions? Contact Christina Delgado,


What’s Happening at the Pratt?

Check out what’s happening at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in March and April:


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.