The day after the CNH birthday party, I received an email from a parent excited about finding a school that provides the benefits of small town living in Baltimore city. It reminded me of the years I lived in New York City. I found Manhattan to be a collection of small towns existing on top of one another. I lived in South Harlem, walked to my high school in East Harlem, and took the M4 bus to my doctoral program at Columbia University every afternoon. Walking to school every morning, I saw the same doormen, crossed the same people on the street, and visited the same bodegas. I regularly saw the same people on the bus every afternoon to Morningside Heights. Living in the city, I could have kept my head down and felt anonymous in a city of 8 million people. Instead, I looked people in the eye, smiled, and wished them a good day.

At CNH, we SEE each other, we know one another, we each feel loved, and we inspire each other to be the best person we can be. It’s special, and it’s wonderful. I am grateful for the reminder of how we engage, connect, and make meaning with those around us at CNH. Thank you for continuing to play with us and create a community that feels like a small town where everyone feels known, loved, and inspired.

A Look Ahead…

May 27: Memorial Day, SCHOOL CLOSED

May 29: Student Gallery Night/Board Elections, 6:00 – 8:00 PM 

June 3-7: CNH Teacher Appreciation Week

June 13: 8th Grade Graduation, 7 PM                                                                

June 20: Last Day of School, 1 PM DISMISSAL

Ten Days of CNH — Photo Gallery

Spring Gallery Night May 29th, 6-8:00

Join us as we open up the entire school as one large gallery! First trimester, students performed and presented art forms for the community. Second trimester, the CNH community engaged with various art forms with Family Arts Night. This trimester, we will show ways in which the arts are integrated into all classes. Every classroom will display deep and rich learning from third trimester. The entire school gallery is open for you to explore.

No RSVP required. Hope to see you there!

Youth As Resources Board of Directors Nominations

Youth As Resources (YAR) is a youth-led organization that provides grants to youth-led initiatives that address critical issues for youth in Baltimore and positively impact the community. YAR is accepting nominations for young people (age 14-24) to join the Board of Directors.

Self-nominations are welcome. Directors serve a one-year term beginning July 1, 2019. Board orientation is scheduled in June. Youth Directors may serve until they are 25 years old.  Adult Directors may serve no more than three consecutive terms. Directors should be prepared to attend monthly Board meetings, additional grantmaking activities and participate in at least one Board committee. There are paid opportunities for Board members outside of their volunteer commitment based on experience and resources available.

All nominees are invited to attend a reception on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.  Applications may be turned in at the reception.  Please feel free to contact us at 410-576-9551 x1or if you have any questions and/or need additional information.

Please email us ( the names and contact information (email, phone and/or cell phone) for all nominees.

Diversity Spotlight: What Does Diversity Look Like at City Neighbors Hamilton?

In our last segment, we said that “race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status are some of the most consequential aspects of diversity,” but that “it can be helpful to think about more aspects of diversity, too.” For instance, consider “geographical proximity.” Because CNH is a charter school, some families live further from campus than others. That means we have many parts of our neighborhood-centric city represented, which is wonderful. That also means it is extra challenging for some families to get children to school on time and to volunteer or otherwise participate in our tight-knit community.

We’ve come up with a list of other aspects of our lives that could represent diversity in our CNH community: gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, income, wealth, religious belief, sexual orientation, ability (learning, developmental, physical, etc.), health (mental and physical), neighborhood, geographic proximity, having a family member incarcerated, family structure, political beliefs. 

Here’s our Question of the Month: What are some other aspects of diversity we should think about at City Neighbors Hamilton?

We’ll post this question in the City Neighbors Hamilton page on Facebook. Please post your answer in the comments or send it to and Lawrence will post it.

Raina and Lawrence