A 25-Hour Day

What did you do with your extra hour this weekend? Did you sleep a little longer, snuggle with a loved one, get extra work done, finally clean your house, or something else equally titillating? I wonder if we chose one hour per normal day and treated it like it was a special extra hour, how it might feel? How might we make special out of the ordinary and tune our focus a little differently?  I challenge you, in this 10th week of the year, to find a little extra special in one hour each day. Enjoy! 

 Happy Week 10, everyone!




This Week:

          • Monday, November 4:  SCHOOL CLOSED for Staff Professional Development
          • Friday, November 8:  Student Voice Association Election (see below)

Mark Your Calendars:

          • Friday, November 15: Hearing & Vision Screening, grades K, 1, and 8 (see below)
          • Friday, November 15:  Student photo retakes
          • Wednesday, November 20:  Family Arts Night, 6 -8:30 PM (see below)
          • Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29:  SCHOOL CLOSED for Thanksgiving


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

We are excited to announce that the Student Voice Association (SVA) elections are about to begin! Any student, grades 3-8 can run for a position on the SVA.  We have one classroom representative for each grade as well as four leadership roles that constitute “The Core” of the SVA. All positions are open for elections. We hope that your child would like to help advocate for new initiatives at our school and in our community!

Instead of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, the leadership team is called “The Core.” Roles include:

  • Facilitator: Collects ideas from students and facilitates meetings
  • Promoter: 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. 
  • Organizer: Leads the students in making new initiatives happen. 
  • Member-at-Large: Supports The Core in collecting student opinion and enacting initiatives

 Timeline for elections:

  • Monday, October 28, 11:00-11:30: Interest Meeting in the Cafe Chill Room
  • Tuesday, October 29, by 3:30: Student submit their “Intent to Run” form to the Main Office
  • Wednesday, October 30–Friday November 8: Hang signs for student campaigns
  • Friday, November 8: Special Election All-School — Speeches for The Core positions as well as voting for all positions. (Please note that campaigning and speeches for Classroom Representatives is limited to the classroom. Those running for Classroom Representative will not be giving their speech at All-School.)


Open Mic!

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


School Photos are In!

Student photos have arrived from Barksdale Photography and, for grades K-5, were sent home with students on Friday.  Middle-school students were on an all-day field trip on Friday, so their photos will be sent home with them on Tuesday. (School was closed on Monday for staff professional development.)

Retakes/Absentee photos will take place on November 15.  If you have any questions about your photos, please contact Barksdale Photography directly at 1.800.220.7667.


 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 keep a collection of plain t-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants in the office in case 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 collection 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.