Happy First Day of Autumn!!

There’s nothing like a 90-something degree day to signal the first day of Autumn!  Even though it might have still felt like summer, the first day of Autumn signals to me that the school year is in full swing.  Routines and classroom cultures have been set, and students are deeply engaged with the important work of learning. Teachers have been gathering data to see where each student excels and where they need extra support. Grade Band Teams have been planning collaborative learning experiences.  Arts teachers have been planning arts integration lessons with non-arts teachers in all grades.

This point in the year is filled with the vigor and anticipation a runner may feel at the start of a race with the momentum to complete the marathon with grace and humility. I look forward to celebrating the smooth stretches and supporting the stumbles along the way. Stay tuned to the What’s Good for news on upcoming events for learning, collaboration, and play.  

This Friday, we start with the 90s Party.  Hope to see you there! (Details below)

Happy 4th week of school!

–Dr. Shyla.


This Week…

  • Friday, September 27th — 90s Dance Party 6:30-8:30



Mark Your Calendars

  • Thursday, October 3rd — 
  • Friday, October 4th — School Picture Day
  • Tuesday, October 8th — Committee Night for all CNH Families
  • Wednesday, October 23 — Friday, October 25 — Progress Report Conferences



The DoSE Corner

A message from Ms. Rashida, our Director of Student Experience (DoSE)

It has been an exciting first few weeks of the school year getting to know students and immersing myself in the CNH community! As I mentioned at Back to School Night, I am leading classes with specific grades each trimester. This trimester I am leading classes with Kindergarten and 5th grade. For Trimester 2, it will be 2nd and 4th grade. And for Trimester 3, I will be leading classes with 1st and 3rd grade. Together we will participate in activities that are focused on community/relationship building and social-emotional skills. I am also leading community-building activities with the whole middle school twice a month for the entire school year. These classes and activities are a great way for me to foster and strengthen relationships with all of our students! 


What’s Happening with the Board

Our Board is working in partnership with the City Neighbors Charter School Board to re-envision how our Boards can have a more effective impact on both schools. We have created a working group that meets in-between Board meetings throughout this school year to develop new structures and initiatives for our respective Boards. We will share updates throughout the year which will result in some new formats with this year’s Board Elections.  Stay tuned! 



Wanna Meet with Dr. Shyla or Ms. Rashida?

You are invited to make an appointment to meet with either of us, at your convenience, using our appointment calendar. 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. 



90s Dance Party

THIS FRIDAY, September 27th, 6:30-8:30!

Help us end the first month of school with a ridiculous amount of fun! We will have a DJ, snacks, awards for the best 90s outfits, CNH gear for sale, and simply a great time. Pay-what-you-can entry (suggested donation $5 per person). Attendees of this year’s party will also help to select the theme for next year! Hope to see you there!!

Important: All children K-8 MUST be with an adult for the party.  You may not drop kids off for the event. All parents and caregivers are responsible for their children throughout the evening.  We do not have staff working the event to take care of children. 

Please help make the 90s Party a success by volunteering for part of the evening.  Please fill out this 90s Party Volunteer Sign-Up sheet if you can volunteer for part of the evening.  Thank you!!!


School Pictures — Overview and Request for Volunteers

Next week we will share the schedule for school pictures so that you are able to help your child(ren) know what to expect on that day. Typically, we take a full class picture outside (if the weather is nice) and then individual pictures in the library. 

Picture Day runs smoothly when we have a number of volunteers who help walk kids to and from their classes and help out at each location for the pictures. Please fill out this Picture Day Volunteer Sign-Up sheet if you can help out for part or all of the day!



Committee Nights at CNH

October 8th, 5:30-7:00

As a parent collaborative school, every CNH family agrees to participate/volunteer at the school a minimum of 40 hours per family per school year.

Help us complete the work of the school while also fulfilling your Family Participation hours by participating in Committee Nights every other month from 6:00-7:00. 

Free childcare beginning at 5:30 for school-age children and free food is provided for all participants. Be sure to arrive at 5:30 if you’d like to eat some food prior to the start of the committee meetings!

If you have not already joined a committee, you may join one when you come to the Committee Night. Hope to see you there!! A list of committees for Committee Night is below:

  • Classroom Support
  • Communications
  • Community Relations
  • Culture of Care
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Facilities
  • Fundraising
  • Family Participation
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Advocacy (This committee does not meet on Committee Night)

You can read each committee description here.




The Cooking Elective at CNH Needs Your Donations

Ms. Keara, our cafe manager, is leading a Cooking Elective with a group of middle school students. Please help this elective be a success by donating some used or new cooking supplies! You may drop off cooking supplies in the main office. Thanks for your support!

Here is a list of what is needed:

  • Sauce, frying, cast iron, roasting, cake, and spring pans
  • Whisks, tongs, rubber spatulas
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls and storage containers
  • Food processor, blender, mixer
  • Zesters, melon ball cutter, and vegetable peelers
  • Chef, utility, paring, and serrated knives



Winter Coat Swap

It’s starting to get cold outside! Please consider donating new or gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves for us to share with our friends at CNH. By donating a coat, your child will be able to participate in the Coat Swap later this trimester — Students will be able to “shop” the coats and pick one that they would like to wear this year! Even if you don’t want your child to participate in the coat swap, please consider donating a coat to help keep another child warm this winter.

We will keep the hats, scarves, and gloves for students to use during recess or if they do not have some of their own.



Clothing Donation Drive

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.