Known. Loved. Inspired

Kindness — the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. 

We embody kindness through smiles, handshakes, considering other people’s needs, stepping aside when someone needs space, and paying attention to one another. In the mornings, when shaking hands, I try to get each student to pause for a moment, make eye contact, shake my hand or wave, and say good morning or hello. I want them to know that, even in the midst of trying to get somewhere, there is always time to stop and acknowledge another person. I want every student to REALLY know they are Known and Loved so that they will be Inspired to learn.

We have extended last Wednesday’s World Kindness Day to continue through this week at CNH.  Each day is a different activity or prompt for the students and staff to consider. Ms. Lauren, our school Social Worker and Culture of Care Coordinator, has arranged the kindness activities for our Kindness week. See below for more information on those activities.

Have a great–and kind–week!

~Dr. Shyla


This Week:

          • World Kindness Week!  (see below for daily activities, culminating in a student rainbow on Friday)
          • Tuesday, November 19:  DewMore Poetry, 3:30-4:30, Mrs. Mencer’s room (see below)
          • 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)
          • Friday, November 22:  Open Mic
          • Friday, November 22:  Lost and Found Roundup (see below)

Mark Your Calendars:

          • Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29:  SCHOOL CLOSED for Thanksgiving
          • Friday, December 13;  Enrollment Open House for Prospective Families, 9 AM
          • Friday, December 13:  Report Cards Mailed
          • Friday, December 20:  1 PM DISMISSAL, Beginning of Winter Break
          • Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1:  SCHOOL CLOSED for Winter Break
          • Thursday, January 2:  School resumes


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



Family Arts Night–This Wednesday, November 20!

Family Arts Night is almost here! We are looking forward to coming together as a community to celebrate the great work students have been doing this trimester. Please find the updated schedule here. If the session says “Led or Performance” this is a mandatory session for students in that grade.  If students are not performing or leading, they can choose to watch the performances, or attend one of the students led sessions or guest workshops.

We are excited to have Max Bent, 1st Grade Parent, leading Moving and Breathing workshops, as well as City Neighbors teachers leading Jam Band Sessions! These workshops are open to everyone. If you play an instrument, you are welcome to bring it with you for the Jam Band sessions. No instruments or musical experience required to participate!

If you have any questions about the evening, please reach out to the Arts and PE Team!

Ms. Cohen,

Ms. Breai,

Mr. Bush,



November 13 was World Kindness Day. We have decided to expand the day to a week plus of activities centering around kindness! Last week, students wrote acknowledgements to other students or staff, made kindness chains with acts of kindness they could perform, and brought in items for the food drive.  Here are the plans for the rest of the planned activities:

Monday, November 18: Students will add leaves to our Acknowledgement Tree in the hallway outside of the office. They will acknowledge those who have demonstrated the City Neighbors Way.

Tuesday, November 19: In their morning meetings, students will be sharing an act of kindness they have performed toward someone else or an act of kindness that has been performed toward them.

Wednesday, November 20: During their recess time, students will be able to use sidewalk chalk to write positive messages/pictures on the track and outside of the school.

Thursday, November 21: Students will perform an act of kindness from the kindness chains.

Friday, November 22: Kindness week will end with students showing unity by wearing various colors of the rainbow. We don’t expect anyone to buy anything special!  If your child does not have a shirt to correspond with the color assigned to their class, please feel free to have them choose any other color of the rainbow! The colors according to grade level are:

  • Grade K–Purple
  • Grade 1–Blue
  • Grade 2:–Green
  • Grades 3 & 4–Yellow
  • Grades 5 & 6–Orange
  • Grades 7 & 8–Red

If you have any questions about World Kindness Week at CNH, contact Culture of Care Coordinator, Lauren Clements at


Open Mic!

Questions about Open MIc?  Contact Ms. Novak,


DewMore Poetry is Back at CNH!

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, November 19, Duke is thrilled to return as poetry artist/poet-in-residence, and will take the lead in developing students’ writing and performance skills.

DewMore poetry is an afterschool club that promotes student voice and expression in the form of spoken word and poetry.  This club will enhance and reinforce skills to make students stronger and more effective writers.

Students in grades 4-8 can participate if they provide a permission slip that was sent home with students last week. See permission slip here.   DewMore will take place every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 PM.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach, Mrs. Mencer at


Thanksgiving Food Drive:  UPDATE

Congratulations to Mr. Smith’s 6th grade advisory for their successful annual school-wide food drive that ended last Friday. They collected about 500 items and raised over $100!   We’re proud of everyone who participated so generously in this effort!


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

Any questions about enrollment for 2020-21?  Contact Stephanie at


Ways to Support City Neighbors Hamilton

Did you know that you can give to City Neighbors Hamilton through United Way?  Well, you can!  And your employer might even match your donation!  If you and your employer give through United Way, please use code 43909.


Now that the holidays are upon us, you might be shopping through Amazon.  If you do, City Neighbors Hamilton can benefit from your purchases if you connect by using and select City Neighbors Hamilton as your charity.  You get the same great Amazon bargains and products–it just allows you to support CNH every time you shop there.

                             Thank you!


A Frequently Asked Question:

When Will School Start in the 2020-21 School Year?

It’s the question keeping everyone guessing!  Will it be before Labor Day or after Labor Day?  City Neighbors Hamilton does not make that determination.  This is the time when school districts are creating proposed calendars for the next school year–and often the year beyond–to submit for approval in order to finalize their calendars, usually by spring of the previous school year.  The best information we have right now is that Baltimore City Public Schools has PROPOSED a start date August 31, 2020 for School Year 20-21. That proposed calendar has to be voted upon before it becomes final.  We should know more definitively by spring.


Congratulations are in order…

.to Shantell Roberts, a City Neighbors Hamilton parent of a first grader and – as of last week- new member of the Baltimore City Public School Board of Commissioners!   Shantell will be a powerful advocate for parents, children, educators, and great schools across the city!  Congratulation, Shantell!



This Friday–Lost and Found Round Up!

This Friday, November 22 at dismissal time, the current inventory of lost and found items will be out on display for their owners to claim in front of the school. Items will be sorted by type (hats, water bottles, etc) for easy location, if you know you are missing something specific.

Whatever items remain will be donated to a local charity according to the following timeline:  the day before Winter Break, the day before Spring Break, the day after the last day of school.

Lost and Found is located in the cafe.  Please check it regularly!  Thank you!


Focus on Fieldwork

Third Grade headed down to Washington, D.C. last week to study live butterflies at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.  They found modern and ancient creatures, gems, and a whole lot more.  It was a great trip!



Congratulations, City Neighbors High School!

Last week, City Neighbors High School received official word that it is being recommended for a five-year renewal of its charter–the longest renewal term a school can receive.  Charter school renewal is an in-depth, multi-faceted investigation of every aspect of a school–and CNHS came through with flying colors!  We congratulate the leadership, staff, and students of City Neighbors High School on their achievement!


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!


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.


Please Share!


Registration 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.