Aaaaahhhhh, Spring is sprouting all around us. Days are longer and warmer, and we begin to be a part of this world again.  I took this picture when returning home from a 5 mile walk with my husband and daughter on Saturday — totally in love with this moment when Spring dips its toe into the end of hibernating Winter.  So great. This week, try to stop and literally smell the Spring erupting around you. Enjoy!

Have a great week!

–Dr. Shyla.


Noteworthy Upcoming Dates:



Saturday, April 2, 10:00-1:00

Enjoy breakfast with your sweethearts from 10:00-11:00 with live music, DJ and yard games from 11:00-1:00,

April 11-18

Spring Break (School Resumes Tuesday, April 19)

Saturday, April 23, 11:00-2:00

Earth Day Celebration at CNH – For students, their families, and the local community

Saturday,  May 7

Spring Fling and Mother’s Day Celebration


Earth Day Celebration


International Women’s Day


Ms. Budd-Brown’s Girl Group Elective made mirrors with motivational messages and flowers with the same messages for female staff at CNH. It was their way of honoring professional women in their lives.


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.


Summer Math Opportunities at City Neighbors:  Register by April 1

No matter the location, 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!

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 3rrd 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 Graders
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.


Family Participation Hours

Please see the note 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.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for any questions regarding your family’s participation hours:


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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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