Aaaahhhhh, this is the week ahead.  Allow yourself to smile…. And find some time outdoors.  🙂

Happy Week 26, everyone!

–Shyla.

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Noteworthy Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, March 10

Virtual Open House for Summer Camp:  https://bcps-k12-md-us.zoom.us/j/89716390809?pwd=UjhBR1FsNHRjeTBXcXVPVitHK2oyQT09

THIS FRIDAY, March 12

End of Trimester 2

March 15-19

School-wide Materials Pick-Up

March 17

Report cards will be mailed by this date

March 19

Family Arts Night!

March 19

Summer Camp Applications due:

2021 City Neighbors Summer Camp Application

Saturday, March 27 – Monday, April 5

Spring Break!  Classes resume on Tuesday, April 6

April 12

First Day of In-Person Learning at CNH

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This week we have Asynchronous Electives (Not with the teachers)

In this last week of Trimester 2, we will have asynchronous electives.  Keep an eye out for an email from Mr. Jerred with this week’s choice activities! Enjoy!

 

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Attention current K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Families:

Summer Camp Applications due by

March 19!  Virtual Open House on March 10

From July 5 through July 30, 2021, rising 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 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 Hamilton classrooms, creative playspace, garden, and more.  2021 will be our seventh 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.

Join us on Wednesday, March 10, 5:30-6 PM for the Summer Program Virtual open house:   https://bcps-k12-md-us.zoom.us/j/89716390809?pwd=UjhBR1FsNHRjeTBXcXVPVitHK2oyQT09

Children and adults are welcome to attend the virtual Open House.  Program Director, Sharon Jackson, and Assistant Director, Megan Doyle, will give an overview of the program, its goals, and activities.  This is your opportunity to hear about the program and ask questions.

NUTS and BOLTS

Cost: $300 per week, financial aid scholarships available (please mark your interest on the application).  Please apply regardless of financial status.

Dates and Times:  July 5 – July 30, Monday through Friday, 9am- 3pm.

Before and After Camp Care: Available onsite 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 accepting 60 campers this year.  Apply early!

IMPORTANT DATES

February 22:  Applications available: 2021 City Neighbors Summer Camp Application

March 10:  Summer Camp Virtual Open House: https://bcps-k12-md-us.zoom.us/j/89716390809?pwd=UjhBR1FsNHRjeTBXcXVPVitHK2oyQT09

March 19:  Application Deadline

April 5:  Financial Aid Award Notification to Families

April 26:  Registration and deposit due

May 13:  Parent & Camper Orientation, Health Forms due (location TBD)

July 5:  First day of camp

July 30:  Final day of camp

Click here to access the digital 2021 City Neighbors Summer Camp Application

Direct all questions regarding Summer Camp to Summer Camp Director, Sharon Jackson, at sjackson@cityneighbors.org.

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Family Arts Night — March 19, 6:00-7:00

The A-Team (Arts and Athletics) classes have been working hard for Family Arts Night for Trimester 2. We heard your feedback in the survey after the event 1st Trimester and are going to have the event in the main room without break-out sessions following. It’s going to be fun, engaging, and quite a celebration of learning from Trimester 2!

Keep an eye out for emails from your child’s’ teachers and in the next two What’s Goods for more information.  So excited!

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Updates for Proposed In-Person Learning at CNH

 The CNH staff has been working to develop a proposed plan for in-person learning beginning on April 12.  We would love your feedback to this plan in this Google Form by 3:00 pm this Tuesday. The proposed plans, as well as your feedback, will be presented to the CNH Board of Directors on Tuesday evening, March 9 for review and a vote during our monthly board meeting. As always, every board meeting has time for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. Email Mike Chalupa by 5:00 on Tuesday if you would like to participate in public comment.

  • Wednesdays, 8:30-12:30 — We are planning for a fully outdoor program with hands-on activities for students to be able to interact with each other in safe ways, engage with special projects and arts experiences, and focus on their social-emotional well-being. Students will be assigned to small pods of approximately 10 students and will only interact with the other students in their pods. We are still determining how many students we can safely accommodate and will either hold a lottery for the available spots or find a way to rotate enrollment in order to accommodate all interested families. As you can imagine, there are a lot of complexities we are navigating with this plan — we will keep you posted as we work through the details of being able to accommodate as many students as possible.

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 8:30-2:30 — Our dedicated teachers have identified students who are struggling with attendance, work completion, grades, and social-emotional concerns. Next week we will compare students’ grades from last year to this year to identify students whose grades have dropped considerably in that time.  Once we finalize the list of students who fit the criteria, we will begin inviting students to participate in targeted in-person learning. Students will be at school, will attend their classes online, will engage with the same activities as provided on Wednesdays, and will receive support with completing their classwork and asynchronous assignments.

  • Please note: We will not be able to provide before or after-care since we are not permitted to mix students from different pods together due to health and safety requirements.

  • Of course, families can choose to opt-out and remain fully virtual for the rest of the school year.

I’d like to extend a big thank you to the Reopening Task Force that consists of 16 parents and caregivers who are working diligently to ensure safe in-person learning this spring.

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Lobby Library Open!

Ms. LaShawn has collected over 500 donated books, identified their reading levels (up to about Level Q), and organized them in the lobby for the school.  Our lobby library is a one-way library — You may come and pick up books for your student to read, and you don’t have to return it!  It’s our way of helping you build your child’s library as they progress through reading levels.

Come by any day between 10:00-2:00 to select books from our Lobby Library!

 

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Family Forum #2 — Thur. March 11, 6:00-7:00 pm

This Thursday, March 11, 6:00-7:00, we will share our plans for in-person instruction, safety measures we have been considering, and provide a space for Q&A.  Here is the Zoom link for this forum.  (Note: This Zoom link will accept personal Zoom accounts, you simply need to complete the Guest Authentication when you sign-in.) We will also send a calendar invite and post it on social media.

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No Committee Night This Month

 Due to work for the Board to complete this month, we will not have Committee Night this month.  We will resume Committee Night next month, April 13, 7:00-8:00.

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💙 Show your School Pride with CNH Swag! 💙

Who else loves seeing all the CNH bumper stickers driving around the city? Have you noticed your kid’s CNH and Known, Loved, Inspired shirts are all getting too small? Now they can get a fresh version for the coming warmer weather. We even have masks, mugs, hoodies, phone cases and more. Show off your school pride AND help support our school with your purchase – everyone wins. Click here to check out the CNH school store
(Be sure to use the left hand navigation to see all the CNH Gear)

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Care Center Site

 

Families can access the Care Center Site by accessing the CNH Family Site and clicking on the Family Resources tab. You can also click here to access the site. Students, teachers, and families can find different ways to support social-emotional learning on this site. You can also use this site to get in touch with Ms. Lauren & Mr. Jerred.

Care Center Week Ahead

  • Mindful Monday

  • Wellness Wednesday

  • Find a Friend Friday

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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.

PayPal Donate Button on Website: http://cityneighborshamilton.org/

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 ehyleck@cityneighborshamilton.org.

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Helpful Links

  • The CNH Academic Calendar — This gives all important dates for this year (end of each trimester, Progress Report Conferences dates, etc.)

  • CNH Family  Site — This is one-stop shopping for families (links to Google Classrooms, Family  Resources, the Care Center, Tutorial Videos, etc.)

  • School Schedule Spreadsheet — This document has each grade’s schedule with links to Zoom meetings in one mega spreadsheet.  (NOTE: Student schedules are also posted in every Google Classroom with links to Zoom meetings)

  • Family  Participation Hours Log — Any time you participate in a meeting with a staff member, attend a school event, participate in progress report conferences, or attend Committee Night, complete this form so that we can keep track of your participation!  Every family needs to log 40 hours of participation each year.

  • CNH Main Website — Here is the main website with information about the school and resources.

  • CNH Care Center Site — Find resources for supporting your child’s (and your own) social-emotional learning needs as well as see the videos posted for our morning meetings each week.

  • COVID Testing Sites — If you are experiencing symptoms, click this link to find a testing site near you.

  • Meal Sites — This site provides information for meal sites as well as other resources for accessing food.

  • Shyla Rao’s appointment calendar — Feel free to make an appointment if you have questions, comments, or concerns. Shyla looks forward to meeting with you!