Being responsive to children’s interests can bring such wonderful surprises and unexpected experiences.  For example, Aruna insisted that we dress up as big-o truck-os this year for Halloween.  For the past month, she has been consistent that she would be a milk truck, mommy would be a tow truck, and daddy would be a mixer truck.  Why?  I have no idea.  But we most certainly walked around Zoo Boo and our neighborhood as a fleet of trucks!

In the classroom, it might mean that we are creating a day of service and fun for our middle schoolers, taking the kids out for a third recess in 3rd grade, or having the 1st graders teach the older students about endangered species.  These things, big and small, help our students be connected to what they are learning, seen for what they need academically as well as socially, and supported to speak up when something is not there.  Our Student Voice Association has a list of initiatives that they are planning and will begin implementing right away.  Keep an eye out for initiative both teacher and student-directed in the next few weeks!

Have a great week, everyone!

–Dr. Shyla.


Noteworthy Upcoming Dates:



November 5 — NO SCHOOL

No School — Professional Development Day for teachers

November 12

School Picture Retake Day — Link here for form.

November 24

End of trimester 1

November 25, 26 — NO SCHOOL

Thanksgiving Break

November 29

Report Cards mailed

Thursday, December 23, 1:00 release day

1:00 — School closes for Winter Break.  School Resumes on Monday, January 3.


Picture Retake Day — November 12

Here is the link for the Retake Day information and sign-up form.


Dismissal Procedures

Dismissal consistently takes 12-15 minutes every day from the calling the first student to the last student. Some families have come to line up for dismissal up to one hour before the end of the school day.  This does not help dismissal go any faster. In fact, it blocks the exit for High School visitors and staff for this time. (I have received complaints from the high school staff)

Please do not line-up for dismissal any earlier than 15 minutes before the end of the day.


Policy Review — Close Contacts

Any unvaccinated person who is a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days. A negative PCR test is NOT required to return — the quarantine is enough.  This means that if a student is identified as a close contact from an in-school positive case, or if their family member or close friend tests positive outside of school, they must quarantine for 10 days and follow the Continuity of Learning Plan shared by the classroom teacher.

If your student is a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 outside of school, please contact Shyla at She will provide you with specific instructions for quarantining and returning to school.


Fall Festival Dance Party

Update — We are so bummed to have had to cancel the Fall Festival Dance Party on Friday!  We are working to find an appropriate rain date that works with our school’s and the DJ’s schedule.  We will send a new flyer out as soon as we confirm a date with the DJ!


Virtual Advocacy Meeting — Open to ALL!

Please Join Us:

The Virtual City Neighbors Advocacy November 2021 Team Meeting

On Wednesday, 11/3/21 @ 7 pm via Zoom

 Meeting ID: 786 5339 1895         Passcode: vkM3Dx

Advocacy Special Guest: Leslie Seid Margolis

Leslie Seid Margolis is a managing attorney at Disability Rights Maryland, Maryland’s protection and advocacy agency, where she has worked since 1985.  In her practice at DRM, she handles individual special education cases and engages in special education policy work at the local, state and national levels, and she has extensive experience with systemic urban school reform litigation, having co-counseled the 28 year Baltimore City Vaughn G. case for many years.  Ms. Margolis is a frequent presenter at local, state and national trainings and conferences, and has published technical assistance documents, manuals, and articles.  She has been a member of several national and state boards and is currently a member of the Abilities Network board of directors.  She has won awards for her advocacy work. Ms. Margolis and her husband are the parents of two daughters, one of whom has significant disabilities and was fully included in general education for her entire school career in Baltimore City.


Enrollment 2022-23

We are accepting enrollment applications for 2022-23!


City Neighbors Hamilton is now accepting enrollment applications for next school year.  The deadline to receive applications from new families for inclusion in the enrollment lottery is 3 PM February 2, 2022.  Please spread the word!


The deadline to receive applications for siblings of current students and children of school staff is January 21, 2022.  If your child currently attends CNH, there is no need to reapply.  Intent to Return forms will be sent and collected in January.  Siblings and children of staff will not be included in the enrollment lottery, HOWEVER, you must submit an enrollment application by January 21, 2022 in order for us to have an accurate count of open seats when we conduct our lottery.

 Enrollment applications can be downloaded from

and should be emailed to  Be sure to clearly indicate “sibling” on the application. If the sibling has a different last name than the CNH student, please include the name of the CNH student on the application.

Please be aware that the Sibling Preference Policy only applies to siblings of current City Neighbors Hamilton students.  It does not apply to siblings of students who are enrolled at City Neighbors Charter School or City Neighbors High School.  Read the entire policy here under FAQ:

If you have any questions about enrollment, please reach out to Enrollment Coordinator, Stephanie King, at



  Register for the Progressive Ed Summit

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Donations to the School

If you would like to donate money to the school (for any reason), the easiest way is through our PayPal account. If you want your donation to go to a specific fund or activity (general educational expenses, technology, arts, etc), please note it with your donation.

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If you aren’t able to donate funds to the school right now, we always appreciate your donation of time supporting the general programming needs at our school (all virtual, of course).  If you would like to volunteer for the school, please email our Family Participation Board Director Elisabeth Hyleck at


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