Family Arts Night was so much fun!  It was so great to see the A-Team learning in action and hear students describe what they learned. Thank you, all, for joining Family Arts Night and celebrating with our students.  I am eternally grateful for the amazing Arts & Athletic instruction at CNH and for our dedicated staff who made this possible.

This event is a tremendous labor of love for Ms. Cohen, Ms. Breai, and Mr. Bush – Please let them know how much you enjoyed Family Arts Night!  We look forward to more events for celebrating our students and community – some virtually and some in person – this Spring!

Have a wonderful week, everyone,

–Dr. Shyla.


Noteworthy Upcoming Dates:



Friday, March 11

CNH Gear Day 1:30-4:00

Friday, March 11

Report Cards mailed

Tuesday, March 15

City Neighbors Founders Day

April 11-18

Spring Break (School Resumes Tuesday, April 19)


Vaccine Clinic

We have another vaccine clinic for first doses, second doses, and  boosters this Thursday, 1:00-3:30. You may sign-up here.  The clinic is usually listed under City Neighbors Hamilton and High School since we co-sponsor the clinic.

The clinic will be held in the auditorium – please enter through the auditorium entrance on Sefton Ave.


CNH Gear Day THIS FRIDAY 1-4:00!

Turn an old (or new) clothing item into one-of-a-kind CNH Gear!  Send your child to school with a t-shirt, sweatshirt, pants, pajamas, pillowcase… whatever you want that is fabric, and we will put the CNH logo or our “Known Loved Inspired” logo on it for $5. We have the vinyl logos prepared and heat press ready to go!

We will be set up in either the cafe or the front stage, depending upon the weather on Friday. We will call students down, one class at a time, in the afternoon to create their gear.

Please send your child to school with the item of clothing and either cash or a check written to the school for $5 per logo.  We look forward to all of us rocking affordable CNH gear!!


Mark Your Calendar

Join Us For the Following Events!

Friday, March 11

CNH Gear Day

Bring a t-shirt (or sweatpants, or sweatshirt, or pillow case, or jacket, or….. Whatever fabric item  you would like a CNH logo on), pay $5 per logo, and make your own CNH gear!

Saturday, April 2

Rolling With Your Sweetheart

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

Saturday, April 23

Earth Day Celebration

A celebration of the earth and our community – artmaking, clean-up, earth-friendly education, and more!

More events in the works – join a committee to help us plan fun activities for students and families!

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

Keep an eye out for links and details for events in future What’s Good in the Neighborhoods and class Monday Mailers


 Upcoming City Neighbors 2030 Family Forum

In order for us to plan how we want City Neighbors schools to look, feel, and be in 2030, we desperately need family feedback and ideas.  Please make the time to join one of our family forums:

City Neighbors 2030 Family Forum

Tuesday, March 8, 5:30-6:30 pm

As the process continues, we will keep you updated on the work and the progress.   In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Mike ( with any ideas, thoughts, or questions.


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–


Summer Program 2022!  Starting July 6th, 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 playspace, 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, 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. We look forward to summer adventures with you!

Before and After Camp Care will be available on site for a reasonable fee from 8:00-9:00 am and 3:00-5:30 pm. Campers will have opportunities to play indoors and outside. Games, sports, and crafts will be offered.  Snacks and Lunch:  Nutritious, fresh snacks and lunches will be provided daily to all campers. You may choose to bring your lunch if you prefer.


Cost: $300/week

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

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:  Register by April 1

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!

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 5-8 graders

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!

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.

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!


Mask Mandate Discussion

Before moving forward on any variations on the optional mask announcement from the district, we want to make sure we understand how our community members feel about making mask-wearing optional in Baltimore City schools. I am awaiting a response from the District to see if we have any choice with considering other options with mask wearing.  The District has made decisions regarding COVID safety in consultation with the Maryland Health Department and other Health professionals. With that, we have not always aligned with the District’s decisions as a community – For example, we remained virtual until March 2021, even though the District went back to in-person the November before.

This past week, Maryland’s positivity rate was 1.64%.  Until our one, isolated case last week, we had 7 weeks of zero positive cases at CNH (through pooled testing AND individually-reported cases).  This is all great news!

In our survey, we had 153 respondents.  Opinions about where masks should be optional or not was split down the middle:

A majority of families would like their child to still wear a mask in school:

I will attend a follow-up principal’s meeting with the District on Wednesday morning, we will meet as a staff on Wednesday to discuss masks in compliance with the Districts response about whether or not we are permitted to respond differently than the District-wide mask policy, and we will communicate with families with next steps by Thursday. Thanks for your partnership and patience!


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.

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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