Current Families

Welcome new families and welcome back returning families! 

Welcome new families and Welcome back returning families!

First and foremost, thank you for your patience with my delay in communicating this summer. We have not been idle and there have been new twists and turns on this road into the new 21-22 school year. At CNCS this summer, we have been wrapped up in summer programming for students (City Neighbors Children Summer Camp 1st-4th, Middle School Math Tutoring, and even a “Growing Possibilities” two week sleep away camp for rising 5th-7th graders).  We welcomed our expanded staff, holding professional development trainings, including the Summer Institute for Teachers and this week’s New Educator Orientation.  We are building and renewing community partnerships to serve children and families and have found and created quality after care programming.  And, very significantly, we are preparing the extensive application for a multi-year Charter Renewal.  Moreover, we are reviewing the lessons of a mostly digital school year and recognizing our responsibility to learn and improve our school going forward. And, of course, we are navigating school reopening logistics in a time with changing community CoVid transmission and the Delta variant.

What does it mean to return to school this fall?

As a school community, we must take stock of many things at once as we re-enter school buildings.    Our lives were drastically altered by the pandemic- we spent time isolated and anxious for our children, families and city.  Some of us experienced disease and loss; others job, food, or housing insecurity.  For some of us impacted, these issues have resolved, for others it continues.   We are all healing. We care about each other in our community. We are following 15 months of irregular in-person learning and a full year of experience of online learning. All of us, staff, students and families,  learned entirely new things about teaching and learning and the place of schools in our lives.  And we all have ridden the rollercoaster of CoVid -19 and the rise and fall of its variants.   In June, our joyful in person 8th grade graduation took place when CoVid transmission was at it’s lowest. Since July 15, CoVid 19 illness in Baltimore City, primarily among unvaccinated people, has risen rapidly.  We convened a CNCS staff and parent roundtable on August 3, where together we raised questions about Health and Safety protocols and hoped to clarify operating procedures for staying as safe at school as possible, even as we realized our return to school could not be guaranteed risk free.  At the same time, we know for most children, in person learning is far superior to digital. And we are eager to commit to our academic and social mission, vision and way of teaching face to face. We feel we can apply the lessons we learned from our successful spring sessions to our full roll out this fall. 

Quick Basics
The City Neighbors school day:
Before care (see below) from 7:15-7:55 am
Breakfast (free for all) 7:30 – 8:00 am
Grades 3-5 enter school classrooms at 7:45
Grades k-2 and 6-8 enter classrooms at 8:00
Instruction begins @ 8:15 
Free School Lunch available to all students
Students arriving after 8:15 must be walked to school office and signed in by an adult over 18.
M,T, Th, F dismissal 3:15 (must depart, be picked up or in after school program by 3:30)
Wednesday dismissal 1:00 (must depart, be picked up or in after care programming by 1:15)
Health and Safety
Following CDC guidance and Baltimore City Schools Health and Safety guidance we are continuing with all CoVid1-19 mitigation measures at City Neighbors Charter School.  We are happy that Bill DeBloom, our Health and Safety Coordinator who came onboard and managed CoVid pooled testing of all students during spring in person learning, will continue to assist in this area in SY 21-22. We want students and staff with any symptoms to stay at home without attendance penalty and are devising asynchronous plan for students to stay home out of precaution. We recommend all eligible students and families to be vaccinated.  In addition, we are asking for students and staff to undergo a daily health screening (and have an online app- Dr Owl to help facilitate this), wear masks indoors at all times school, practice social distancing to the extent possible, eat outdoors, use outdoor learning spaces, and plan and monitor hand washing breaks for students.  All students will be tested for CoVid through pooled testing each week, with more extensive contact tracing and a plan for follow up testing in the case of any positive result.
Read more about our plans for Health and Safety with City Neighbors COVID Protocols & Procedures for SY 21-22
NEW Before care and After School care and programming

At the end of June 2021, City Neighbors Charter and City Neighbors Hamilton learned our former aftercare provider UEC could not continue as a business providing our schools enrichment and childcare.  Right away a combined schools team sprang into action to locate providers and select (and create) high quality and reasonably priced after school programs for City Neighbors students. We reviewed multiple options along criteria shared by CN families and we are pleased to announce the results.  In a new way, after care supports our whole community and we look forward to many children enrolling. Please:

  • Read the details of before and after school care/programming here.

  • Use the google forms embedded in the document above to register your children for the K-2 CNCS and 3-8 Elev8 programs.

  • Aftercare costs were kept at the national median. Payment will be monthly. Scholarships can be requested on the registration and interest forms.

Who is Teaching our wonderful CNCS Students?
It is with great delight that I announce that through federal and state grants including the American Rescue Plan and current Title 1 status, we are more resourced! We have put most of those those funds into increasing staffing and are therefore ready to take on more personalized learning and the recovery and acceleration for students in a vibrant way.  You can view a list of City Neighbors staff, their roles and contact information. Updates to our website coming next week, when teachers return to school.  We are excited to have you meet the group of teachers, teaching fellows, arts and movement teachers, interventionists and student support team who will engage with your children this year.
Important note: CNCS teachers and staff are human beings who mostly work on a 10 month contract and do not return to school officially until a week before school. An important guarantee of the quality of our school is retaining our excellent teachers. Since March 2020, CNCS teachers often went above and beyond a 40 hour work week and a seven and a half hour day to reach students.  This is not genuinely sustainable in the long term.  Honoring the humanity of our teachers, right sizing the jobs we do, and advocating for adequate resources for students are important issues for this year.   This will be part of our City Neighbors 2030 series of conversations this fall.
Meals and Menus

We are very glad to be back serving breakfast, lunch, supper and snack in our school. Our food service staff are committed to nourishing our students with healthy free meals. Please click the menu links below to find out the meals of the day.

Breakfast

Lunch

Supper

Snack

K-2

Vicki Almon and Arwyn Gohl

Kellie Monroe and Gentry Harris

Jessie Tawney and Marian McLaughlin

3-5

Megan Doyle and Marian McLaughlin

Brionna Coleman

Chesse Dore’

6-8

David Fitzsimons, Cortnie Belser, Annie Rouse, Brittany Brown

David Fitzsimons, Cortnie Belser, Annie Rouse, Brittany Brown

David Fitzsimons, Cortnie Belser, Annie Rouse, Brittany Brown

Sara Reinhardt

CNCS Grading Policy

At City Neighbors Charter School,  grades and assessment fundamentally serve a dual purpose:
1) to communicate where  students are developmentally; and 2) to record student progress over time.

Grades and assessments are regularly shared with families and inform classroom instruction by illustrating the specific needs of each learner in the class as they grow toward mastering academic content and skills. 

CNCS SHOP

City Neighbors Charter School K-2 Aftercare Program

Please make payment by the 15th of the month.

Make a payment here or you can pay in the office by cash or check. Mrs. Ali will be keeping the accounts for the K-2 Aftercare Program.

On Tuesday, September 7, 2021 we will begin K-2 Aftercare at City Neighbors.  It will run from 3:30 and end by 6 pm. On Wednesdays Aftercare will begin at 1:15. Cheese Dore is our Aftercare Teacher/Director.

Elev8 After School Program Grades 3-8

Please make payment by the 15th of the month.

Make a payment here or you can pay in the office by cash or check. Mrs. Ali will be keeping the accounts for the K-2 Aftercare Program.

On Tuesday, September 7, 2021 we will begin K-2 Aftercare at City Neighbors.  It will run from 3:30 and end by 6 pm. On Wednesdays Aftercare will begin at 1:15. Cheese Dore is our Aftercare Teacher/Director.

Outward Bound Trip

Weeklong backpacking trip for 8th-grade students from Sept 13-17.


USD $200.00

School Supplies for Learning per CNCS Student

USD $50.00

SHARE supplies will be picked up by each family from School during the week of August 31st.

School Supplies for Learning per CNCS Student
Plus $10 Donation

Your donation supports another CNCS family that may be experiencing financial hardship.

USD $60.00

SHARE supplies will be picked up by each family from School during the week of August 31st.

School Supplies for Learning per CNCS Student
Plus $25 Donation

Your donation supports another CNCS family that may be experiencing financial hardship.

USD $75.00

SHARE supplies will be picked up by each family from School during the week of August 31st.

School Supplies for Learning per CNCS Student
Plus $50 Donation

Your donation supports another CNCS family that may be experiencing financial hardship.

USD $100.00

SHARE supplies will be picked up by each family from School during the week of August 31st.

One time payment for Chromebook Laptop Computer

Savings of up to $75.

USD $150.00

Laptop(s) will be picked up by each family from School during the week of August 31st.

Pay in 3 Installments of $50 for Chromebook Laptop Computer

Savings of up to $75.

USD $50.00

Laptop(s) will be picked up by each family from School during the week of August 31st.

Otterbox Chromebook Laptop Case

USD $20.00

Laptop(s) will be picked up by each family from School during the week of August 31st.

Log-As-You-Go Volunteer Hours Form