50 Golden Days

This Wednesday marks the 50th day of the school year. 50 times shaking hands at the door in the morning.  50 days of Math instruction and Literacy Centers.  50 recesses. 50 lunches. 50 evenings preparing for school the next day. In marriage, the 50th anniversary is the Golden Anniversary.  I like to think of this time of year as the golden period.  We are deep into instruction, well developed with relationships, out in the world doing fieldwork — everything is moving along smoothly. Next week, our Family Arts Night marks the culmination of our golden work so far this school year.  Students teach their families, outside artists work to support them.  What a beautiful time of year!




This Week:

          • Friday, November 15: Hearing & Vision Screening, grades K, 1, and 8 (see below)
          • Friday, November 15:  Student photo retakes
          • Friday, November 15:  Student Open Mic, All-School

Mark Your Calendars:

          • Tuesday, November 19:  Chipotle Fundraiser to support 8th grade Puerto Rico trip, between 5 and 9 PM (see below)
          • Wednesday, November 20:  Family Arts Night, 6 -8:30 PM (see below)
          • Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29:  SCHOOL CLOSED for Thanksgiving


A Delicious Way to Support the 8th Grade Service Trip!

8th graders will be hosting a fundraiser on November 19 between 5 and 9 PM at the Chipotle located on 7711 Harford Road (about 5 minutes from CNH). It’s an easy and delicious way to support the 8th grade’s upcoming project work in Puerto Rico!  Make sure you show the flyer, linked below, or the photo below on your phone when you order–or simply tell the cashier at checkout that you’re supporting City Neighbors Hamilton. Thank you for supporting this effort!   chipotle flyer



First Family Arts Night of the Year–November 20!

We are excited to be hosting our first Family Arts Night this year on Wednesday, November 20 from 6-8:30. To celebrate the end of the first trimester, students will be showcasing what they have been learning in their arts and physical education classes. Join us for a night of performances, hands-on art experiences, games, and fun. Please find the general schedule below. We will be sharing a more detailed schedule as we get closer to the event:

While you have your calendars are out, save the dates for our 2nd and 3rd trimester Family Arts Nights: Thursday, March 5, 6-8:30 PM and Wednesday, June 3, 6-8:30 PM

Please reach out if you have any questions!

Ms. Cohen, hcohen@cityneighborshamilton.org

Ms. Breai, bmason-campbell@cityneighborshamilton.org

Mr. Bush, bbush@cityneighborshamilton.org


Student Voice Association Elections:  The Results are In!

We are excited to announce that the Student Voice Association (SVA) elections took place last Friday and the results are in!

  • Co-Facilitators: Collects ideas from students and facilitates meetings:  Sam Anderson and Malaika Ross-Jones
  • Co-Promoters: Gets support from Board, faculty, and community with new initiatives. This position also serves as the student representative on the CNH Board and will attend Board meetings the second Tuesday of every month, 6:00-7:30:  Sukanya Stoute and Damien Davis
    Organizer: Leads the students in making new initiatives happen: Payton Spruell
  • Members-at-Large: Supports The Core in collecting student opinion and enacting initiatives:
    Sophia Van Hook and Caleb McGuire

It was a tight race that required a recount.  As I said to the candidates over donuts Monday morning, it takes leadership simply to run — to be able to identify that there are things that need to be changed, and to know that you are someone who could help lead that change.

For those who ran and were not elected into a position, they are invited to serve on the Members-at-Large Committee, led by Sophia Van Hook and Caleb McGuire. There will also be other committee work where we will need their leadership as the SVA develops its initiatives for the year.   


Open Mic!

Questions about Open MIc?  contact Ms. Novak, anovak@cityneighborshamilton.org.


 Hearing & Vision Screening for Grades K, 1, & 8

Hearing and Vision screening for students in grades K, 1, and 8, as well as any student who is new to City Schools, will take place at the school on Friday, November 15 beginning at 9 AM.  Screenings are performed by the Baltimore City Health Department and are mandatory.  If you have religious objections to these screenings, you must do so in writing before November 15.  See details in the letter provided by the health department: hearing and vision letter, K, 1, 8 


Thanksgiving Food Drive

Mr. Smith’s 6th grade advisory is holding its annual food drive. It begins Monday, October 28 and ends Friday, November 15. Any items not used for the Thanksgiving baskets will be donated to a local food pantry or shelter.

All non-perishable food items are welcome. Please do not send anything that is expired or that needs to be frozen or refrigerated.

In order to make Thanksgiving baskets, we are requesting the following items be brought in by each grade:

K, 3rd, 6th: stuffing and canned vegetables (green beans, corn, carrots),

1st, 4th, 7th: boxed potatoes regular or sweet, canned fruit (cranberries/apple sauce) and treats/snacks (fruit snacks, pretzels, cookies)

2nd, 5th, 8th: gravy, soup, and noodles or rice (mac and cheese)

In order to purchase a turkey for each sponsored family, we will also be collecting money. Each dollar will equal 2 items from your homeroom/grade level!  All donated items should be given to homeroom teachers, or advisors—they will be collected by Mr. Smith’s advisory daily.

As always, we will still hold a pancake and turkey sausage breakfast for the grade level that brings in the most items.

Thank you!


Enrollment Season Open for 2020-21!

We are now accepting applications from new families for 2020-21 inclusion in the enrollment lottery through 3 PM on Wednesday, February 5.  Please share this information with anyone who may be interested.

We request that CN staff and current families submit sibling applications by Monday, January 27, 2020 so we can determine how many available seats we will have open when we conduct our lottery.  Applications are available in the office or on our website.  You can submit them to the office directly or by scanning and emailing to applications@cityneighborshamilton.org.

Any questions about enrollment for 2020-21?  Contact Stephanie at sking@ityneighborshamilton.org.


Arts/PE Integration and Class Blog

Introducing the Arts/PE Integration and Class Photo Blog. We are excited to share photos of the great work happing in physical education, dance and visual art classes. Check out the photoblog on Mondays to see highlights from the previous week. https://tinyurl.com/arts-at-cnh


Accepting Spare Clothing

We  like to keep a supply of plain t-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants in the office in the event someone slips in the mud, spills something on themselves, or needs a change of clothing for any reason during the day. We also keep a supply of belts in case someone needs one.  Please consider donating new or gently used children and adult-sized clothing (for kindergarten through 8th-grade students to wear). All donations will be collected in the Main Office.


Happening at the Hamilton Branch on 12/5!



Check out all of the great things happening in November and December at the Enoch Pratt Free Library!




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Registration and Requests for Workshops Open!



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.