HAMPSTEAD HILL ACADEMY
PARENT NEWS MAGAZINE
THE CAST AND CREW OF INTO THE WOODS, JR. CELEBRATE A
SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND OF SOLD-OUT PERFORMANCES
Welcome to Hampstead Hill Academy!
Note from Principal Hornbeck – Election Edition
We live in a democracy. Some might say the greatest democracy the world has ever known. Exercising the right to
vote is the cornerstone of our society. Federal and local elections matter. What should your taxes pay for? What
practices and policies are good for families, schools, businesses, the environment and the common good? Who are the
most inspirational, pragmatic and aspirational politicians? Who do you think can get the job done?
Join me Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 6 pm in the HHA auditorium and learn about the candidates running for
Mayor of Baltimore. All the major candidates have committed to participate, and WBAL’s Jayne Miller will be the
moderator. The Canton Community Association is sponsoring the debate along with HHA and other neighborhood
organizations. Come ask your questions! Free tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cca-baltimore-mayoral-
forum-tickets-94272655049. Join me again Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic
Church at 600 South Conking Street for the BUILD Mayoral Accountability Forum. This is where the candidates for
Mayor will make public promises for which we can all hold them accountable. There will be promises made regarding
public safety, jobs and education. We hope to have a large HHA contingent. Please plan to attend.
A very important election to decide the next President of the United States is fast approaching. In order to vote in the
2020 Presidential Election, you must be registered by Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9 pm. U.S. citizens who are Maryland
Principal residents and are at least 16 years old can register. You can only vote if you will be 18 by the general election, which is
Matt Hornbeck November 3, 2020. Register here:
https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration/InstructionsStep1. The primary election in
Maryland is April 28, 2020 from 7am to 8pm. Check or find your polling station by visiting
https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/PollingPlaceSearch. Beat the crowds and vote early at the Southeast Anchor Library from Thursday,
April 16, 2020 -Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 10am to 8pm.
Hampstead Hill Academy Vision Statement
500 South Linwood Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21224 Hampstead Hill seeks to be a safe, nurturing, diverse,
family-friendly neighborhood school with rigorous,
410.396.9146 tel. 410.396.3637 fax effective academic programs and exciting, engaging
www.hha47.org extracurricular activities. We believe all parents
want the same thing for their children: more and
Matt Hornbeck, Principal [email protected] better opportunities for college and career. We
John Paz, Assistant Principal [email protected] believe in the importance of the arts, and we want
Cassandra Bailey, Assistant Principal [email protected] our students to be great communicators, listeners
and writers. Our students will be forward thinkers,
Hampstead Hill Academy is operated by the Baltimore persistent, responsible, caring, dependable and
Curriculum Project, a local nonprofit organization celebrating healthy members of the greater community.
more than a decade of service and student learning in
Baltimore. Mission Statement
Laura Doherty, President Hampstead Hill Academy is a neighborhood public
[email protected] charter school that exists to educate children living
John McGill, Director of Academic Affairs in both our attendance area and throughout
[email protected] Baltimore City. Our talented staff uses research-
www.baltimorecp.org based curriculum to develop and implement rigorous
lesson plans that continuously raise the academic
HHA Parent News Magazine is published monthly for the bar for our students. Our whole school community is
families and community of Hampstead Hill Academy dedicated to working together to challenge our
students to succeed in a fair, consistent, just and
Editor Publisher joyful learning environment.
Geraldine Swann Matt Hornbeck
Director of Community Outreach Principal
IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH What’s Inside…
3/5, PTO Tutti Gusti Night 3 pm Top News Stories page 3
3/6, Progress Reports Sent Home
3/6, Middle School Dance 4:30-6:30 pm Current HHA information along with
3/8, Daylight Savings Time upcoming events
3/9, Padres Unidos/Parents United 8 am
3/9, Chat With Matt 5:30 pm News from the Teams page 8
3/9, PTO Meeting 6 pm
3/10, 12, 19, 24, 26, Parent ESOL Classes 8-11 am What your child is doing in class along
3/10, International Night 5:30-7:30 pm with resource, enrichment and ESOL
3/11, Mayoral Debate 6-8 pm information
3/12, Class Picture Day
3/13, Early Release Day/Parent Teacher Conferences Club/Activities News page 12
3/17, Go Green Day
3/17, Conexiones Latinas 8 am Updates and announcements for the
3/18, School Family Council Budget Meeting 3 pm many clubs offered at HHA
3/20, Poetry Event 3 pm
3/20, PTO Happy Hour 6 pm Family Information page 15
3/25, Family Fitness Night 5:30-7:30 pm
3/27, Middle School Out of Uniform Day Issues important to our parents on a
3/27, PTO Movie Night 6-8 pm variety of subjects
3/31 and 4/1, MISA Testing for Grades 5 and 8
PTO News page 20
News from the Parent/Teacher
Organization at HHA
Let Us Know What You are
Thinking page 21
Use this form for any question,
comment, concern or suggestion you
A COMPLETE CALENDAR OF ALL ACTIVITIES FOR THE MONTH MAY BE FOUND
ON THE LAST PAGE OF THE NEWS MAGAZINE.
FRIDAY, MARCH 13TH – EARLY RELEASE DAY AND
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
Students will be dismissed at 12:35 pm on Friday, March 13th. Starting at
12:55 pm, parent/teacher conferences will take place. On Friday,
March 6th, you can sign up for your conference online at www.hha47.org.
Conferences will be 10 minutes each. If you are not able to make an
appointment, remember that you can contact your child’s teacher to set
up a conference at a time that works for you and the teacher.
TOP NEWS STORIES
HHA STRONG SCHOOLS TEAM
Your child needs your help. Teachers need your help. HHA is losing more Governor Larry Hogan
than $200,000 next year because the State and the City have flat-funded 100 State Circle
City Schools for about a decade. We need to make our voices heard loud
and clear. Please call and write Governor Larry Hogan to let him know you Annapolis, Maryland 21401
want him to make education programming (not just school buildings!) his 410-974-3901
top priority this session. He can make education the top priority by fully
funding the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission. Now is not the https://governor.maryland.gov/contact-the-
time to kick the can down the road. We need 10 years of dedicated governor/
funding for public education. The Commission has described a bold vision
for Maryland’s future and our system of public education. These recommendations include expanding early education opportunities, building a
pipeline of high-quality teachers, providing meaningful leadership development, creating post-secondary pipelines (including industry certifications
and college credit pathways), and meaningfully addressing resource gaps for vulnerable populations. Larger class sizes, fewer staff members, and
the delay of needed capital projects are in our future unless you take action now.
Hello HHA Families,
Wow! What a great action we had Monday, February 17th in
Annapolis. Many thanks to those of you who spent your
President’s Day with BUILD, MD IAF and Strong Schools
Maryland! You were an important element of the action
(IAF teaches that 95% of an action is turnout). The MD IAF
panel that testified made quite the impression. So much so
that Delegate McIntosh’s Chief of Staff called MD IAF to
We now turn our attention to local politics. BUILD is holding a Mayoral Candidate Accountability forum on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 6:30 pm at
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church at 600 South Conking Street. The leading candidates for Mayor will be present. Prior to the 24th, BUILD will
meet individually with each of the candidates to lay out our agenda and prepare them for what to expect on the 24th. Would you like to be one of
the leaders that holds the candidates accountable? If so, RSVP to me or Ms. Swan by email or in person. This is a great opportunity for anyone
who is interested and a great follow-up for those who got Mayor Young to go “all-in” in November!
Jill Vasbinder Morrison
SUCCESSFUL MARYLAND IAF LEGISLATIVE ACTION
The Anne Arundel Delegation Room at the Lowe House Office Building was packed. Every seat and floor space was occupied by 270 members of
ACT (Anne Arundel Connecting Together), BUILD (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development) and AIM (Action in Montgomery) united as
Maryland IAF - shoulder to shoulder, elbow to elbow. We were not outside with protest signs, but inside making a public commitment to ourselves
and our elected officials to work together as one united Maryland to ensure that our public education systems are thriving.
Reverend Andrew Foster Connors of Brown Memorial Presbyterian and Reverend Christina Paglinauan from Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore,
Reverend Dr. Karen Johnson of the First Christian Community Church in Anne Arundel County, and Emily Dematatis, art teacher at South Lake
Elementary School in Montgomery County, co-chaired the event.
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, based on the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission, provides $32 billion in additional investment in
education over ten years, and includes investments in community schools with wrap-around services; increased attention to special education;
access to affordable early childhood education; and increased training and pay for teachers. A bill tied to the Blueprint also provides millions of
additional dollars for school construction.
Listening sessions conducted by Maryland IAF throughout our 200 institutions confirmed that the recommendations meet real needs of people in
our state who are facing hopelessness. Seven delegates and senators, including key leaders Chairwoman Maggie McIntosh and Senate President
Bill Ferguson, recognized Maryland IAF, committed to meeting with Maryland IAF, and asked us, in turn, to keep returning to Annapolis to ensure
that the Blueprint is adequately funded in the future. We made clear to each delegate and senator that we want to work with them to get this bill
not only passed, but to go deeper into it so that we can maintain
accountability for the funding of the ten-year implementation cycle.
“We need power to do three things,” challenged Ms. Dematatis.
“To get to the table, make a deal, and keep the deal.”
During the joint hearing that followed the Maryland IAF action, four
leaders gave testimony on the Blueprint as part of Maryland IAF’s
panel. Our panel represented the span of Maryland, ranging from
85-year-old Yevola Peters of Annapolis, who has “been on the front lines of education reform since 1960,” to Sarah Insa Sadio, a 5th grade student
and Niger-American at South Lake Elementary School in Montgomery County. Emily Pettus, a sophomore at Coppin Academy in Baltimore shared
about how the lack of an arts program makes her school an obstacle to her dreams. Ms. Sadio and Ms. Pettus were the first students to testify
about their own educational future in the entire hearing. Whitney Schroeder, a military mother from Anne Arundel County, shared about the real
lack of resources for her son who has special needs, despite excellent work by the teachers and staff at his elementary school. All four made clear
to the senators and delegates that Maryland IAF was not only asking for the bill to be funded and passed, but that we would be partners in holding
them accountable that the funds were allocated correctly. Insa Sadio brought the hearing to a standing ovation after she said, “There is much in
my life that I cannot control. But I get to decide how I spend my time. I am here today because I want you to remember me, and you get to decide
whether or not to invest in children like me so that we may become the great artists, politicians and teachers of the future.”
BUDGET - FLAT FUNDING AND PLANNED LOWER CLASS SIZES
City Schools reduced the per pupil of funding by $87, which does not nearly keep pace with inflation and salaries. On the positive side, the City is
covering more benefits for each City Schools employee so instead of $21,000 per employee, HHA will be charged $20,210 per employee in benefits
costs. Over the last two years, City Schools has cut the charter per pupil by a total of 4%. Low-income students from immigrant families in
Baltimore City continue to be undercounted and schools serving those students continue to be unfairly penalized in terms of the distribution of
resources. Needless to say, the last four budget cycles have been rough. Class size is getting too large at HHA. Most classes have 28-33 students.
We mitigate class size by placing a fulltime assistant teacher in every PreK, kindergarten, and 1st grade classroom; Experience Corps mentors in
many 2-4 grade classrooms, and pulling out students participating in talent development, advanced learner and gifted programming. For the first
year ever, no one was admitted in our initial lottery for families who live outside of our attendance area. Everyone was placed on the waiting list.
We currently have 859 students on roll. Our budget is predicated on just 842 students for FY21. Therefore, we hope to reduce our enrollment by
August by about 17 students. Modest, yes, but at least we are moving in the right direction.
PARENTS ARE INVITED TO JOIN US FOR SCHOOL FAMILY COUNCIL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH AT 3 PM
INTO THE WOODS A HUGE HIT! YOUR PARENT SURVEY MEANS
YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER GETS A
The arts are alive and thriving at HHA. A couple weekends ago, the RAISE
17th annual production of the Hampstead Hill Players, our music
theater group at HHA, performed Into the Woods, Jr. The Did you know that your answers on the parent survey can make the
Hampstead Hill Players are renowned for producing entertaining, difference between your child’s teacher getting a raise next year or
high quality shows that are fun for the whole family. This year’s not? There are 14 specific questions on the City School Parent
production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, a story of love, survey that must be answered “agree” or “strongly agree” if you
loss and life was one of our best shows ever! want to support your child’s teacher. We very much hope you will
support teachers by filling out a survey for each of your children.
We want to thank everyone who worked incredibly hard throughout The district used to ask for one survey per family, but that has
the fall and winter to prepare for the performances. We are grateful changed. In order for HHA teachers to have the best chance to
for the vision and leadership of long-time Producer Michelle receive their pay raise next year, please complete one survey for
Kaminaris. Our fantastic production team includes Michelle each child. The 14 questions that matter for teacher pay raises will
Kaminaris, Meghan Bierley, Matt Cobb, and Kelly Durkin as well as be detailed on a sample survey sent along with the actual survey.
Choreographer Becky Edwards, Set Designers Michael Kirby and Ian Please complete the hard copy version of the survey, place it in the
Haupt, Technical Assistant Rebekah Nicholson, and Sound and provided envelope, seal it, and return one envelope for each of your
Lighting Designer Tony Berry. These HHA staff members have a children to Ms. Swann. Thank you!
passion and commitment to making our annual musical terrific.
Their work is deeply appreciated by the entire school community. JOIN US FOR THE CHAT WITH MATT PRIOR TO
The theater provides a unique opportunity for many of our students THE MARCH PTO MEETING
to be a part of something special. A thousand thanks to our
dedicated faculty members who take on the musical each year! MONDAY, MARCH 9TH AT 5:30 PM
Thank you to everyone who helped make Family Academic Night – Black History Month Celebration
such a huge success. Special thanks to event coordinators Ms. Bailey and Ms. Luthers.
Everyone had a great time at this entertaining and educational event!
All lost and found items are held for one week only.
Items marked with the student’s name will be returned to the student.
Please come into school as soon as possible to check for any lost items.
Please make sure all of your child’s belongings
are marked with his/her name.
CRITERIA FOR PRINCIPAL’S LIST AND Sunday, March 8, 2020
Students at HHA who achieve the highest levels of performance are recognized on the
Principal’s List and Honor Roll. Students in grade 1 must achieve a grade of P with a 1 or 2
in all subjects and S in all subjects for conduct to be recognized on the Principal’s List. In
grades 2-5, the Principal’s List distinction recognizes students with all E’s in Core subjects.
In grades 2-5, Honor Roll students are noted for receiving all G’s and E’s in core subjects.
You can find a list of our top performing students for the 2nd quarter in this news
magazine. Students in grades 6-8 are recognized for their scholarship, leadership and
citizenship through the Leaders Go Places program.
HHA CAREER FAIR
The HHA Career Fair for grade 5-8 students will take place Friday, April 3rd from
8:30-10:30 am. We are looking to represent a variety of careers at the fair. If you are
interested in participating, please contact Nicky Seymour at [email protected] or
410-396-9146. Thank you!
BUSY BEES SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION AT THE END OF THE NEWS MAGAZINE
The HHA Hornets basketball team took on members of our staff. Although the students took a loss this year,
everyone had a great time. Special thanks to Coach Winfree for his work with the team this year, and thank
you to all of the staff who came out to show the kids a thing or two.
Uniform Items - If your child borrowed a uniform item, please send it back as soon as possible. We
need those items to be available for other students that may need a change of clothes. We also are
accepting gently worn uniform pieces only. Please bring the items to the office.
NEWS FROM THE TEAMS
Ms. Klenk and Ms. Kaminaris: For this month, students will talk about Dr. Seuss and rhyming. To support this learning, students will attend the
play Cat in the Hat at Goucher College on Wednesday, March 4th. Students will also learn about animals and how they protect themselves against
predators. They will finish the animal unit by discussing life cycles, including the life cycle of a butterfly. In math, students are finishing the unit on
numbers 1-10. If needed, please bring in a seasonally appropriate change of clothes for your child to keep in their cubby.
Ms. Maciel, Ms. Wallis and Ms. LaBella: Students will celebrate St. Patrick's Day and be on the lookout for a leprechaun spotting. Leprechauns
are notorious for creating messes in HHA's kindergarten classrooms. The new read aloud unit is all about plants. Students will learn about the life
cycle of a plant, Johnny Appleseed and George Washington Carver. Class picture day is Thursday, March 12th. Students will wear their uniforms in
this whole class photo. Continue to support your child's independence by teaching them to tie their shoes, solve their own problems and assign
chores around the house. As a reminder, please read with your child every night and sign their homework chart.
Ms. Bierley, Ms. Clary and Ms. Douglas: On February 11th,
students took part in projects to celebrate 100 days of
school. In core knowledge, students will compare and
contrast fairy tales and folktales from around the world. The
team would like to thank the parent chaperones for taking
part in a recent visit to the Maryland Science Center.
Students had a fun time while learning. Please continue to
check your child’s folder every night.
Ms. Bonner, Ms. Weber and Ms. Smith: In reading, students
have been working on fluency and comprehension skills. 1st grade students had fun learning at the
They are getting faster and more accurate in reading every Maryland Science Center
day. Please continue to have your child practice reading
every night. In language, students are beginning to write
paragraphs along with editing for capitals, punctuation and spelling. Additionally, they are also editing for indentation and clarity. In math,
students are getting faster and more accurate with math facts. They are using previously learned strategies to solve addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division problems. Ask your student to do some mental math so they can show off their skills. In core knowledge, they are
learning about the cycles in nature. Students had a great time celebrating the 100th day of school on February 11th. Ask your child how they
celebrated. Please continue to check your child’s folder every night. For the future, students will take a trip to the Franklin Institute on April 2nd.
Money for this trip will be due March 25th. Permission slips will come home shortly.
2nd grade students celebrate the 100th day of school making patterns that equal 100
PROGRESS REPORTS SENT HOME FRIDAY, MARCH 6TH
Reading – Ms. Kaplan: Students are working on reading fluency and comprehension. Some
students are reading stories about Waldo's animal show, and others are reading The Wonderful
Wizard of Oz. Please continue to make sure your child is completing the reading homework every
night. Coach class is held every Tuesday morning at 7:30 am.
Language/Social Studies - Ms. Sparwasser: Students are writing longer passages with more
detailed sentences, and in science they will begin a unit on the structures of life by studying seeds
and plant growth.
Math - Ms. Knudsen: Students have mastered multiplication and division facts. Some students
have completed a telling time and fraction unit and will start an area and perimeter unit. Other
students have completed a unit on multiplication and division of 6, 7, 8, 9 facts and will start a
Reading – Ms. Schultz: Some students are reading a series of myths and fairytales, and other
students are reading The Odyssey. All students read rigorous text daily, answer comprehension
questions, and respond in writing to the text they are reading. If there is anything the teacher can
do to better support your child, please don't hesitate to reach out to Ms. Schultz
at [email protected]
Language/Social Studies - Ms. Costello: Students are writing paragraphs explaining why different 3rd grade students partner read a
advertisements are misleading. In science, they began the unit on soil, rocks and landforms. Newsela article about extinction,
Students are learning about what soil is composed of and are exploring the different processes of and a student traces a Nat Turner
weathering, erosion and deposition. portrait for a Black History month
Math – Mr. Pratta: Students will learn more about the decimal system with an emphasis on
Reading – Ms. Pelligrini: Some students are continuing to enjoy the novel study, Sara Crewe. As they progress into this text, they are studying
different types of vocabulary and figurative language. They will continue to work on comprehension by answering questions pertaining to story
details, character traits and thinking beyond the text. Other students are reading a variety of literary nonfiction texts about animals and their
relationships with humans. All students are practicing short written responses to these texts in order to prepare for their next literary essay
Language/Science – Ms. Ruppenthal: Students have been identifying parts of speech such as singular
and plural nouns. They will continue to identify and explain inaccurate and misleading claims by
analyzing graphs, charts and maps. This month, they will complete the fourth test of the language
program. In science, students will learn about mixtures and solutions. In this unit, students will plan
and conduct saturation investigations. They will separate mixtures using tools like magnets, funnels,
screens, etc. They will also compare the solubility of substances in water, identify an unknown
substance based on the properties of solubility and crystal formation and observe and compare
reactants and products of several chemical reactions. They will also continue to prepare for MISA
(Maryland Integrated Science Assessment). Students are preparing for the test using USA Test Prep.
Students are welcome to attend MISA coach class on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:50 - 4:10 pm.
The MISA test will be given March 31st and April 1st.
Math – Ms. O’Connor: Students are currently in Module 4 of Eureka Math, which focuses on
multiplication and division of fractions and decimals. They will soon take the assessment for the
module. They have also recently completed a portfolio project where they were tasked with creating
crossword puzzles using different math vocabulary. Following Module 4, students will begin work on
area and volume, as well as geometry.
5th grade students separate dry
G 6mixtures during a science
experiment Humanities – Mr. Farber: Students will soon begin Unit 2 of their Springboard curriculum. They just
finished the first five-paragraph essays of the year, which were amazing! Students were also given copies of the novel Bronx Masquerade last week,
which will be primarily read and analyzed for homework. In social studies, students recently completed posters of historically significant African
Americans for Black History Month. The posters are currently hanging on Mr. Farbers’s classroom doorway. Last week, the students began the
geography and world cultures curriculum, and started learning about Mesopotamia, the world's earliest civilization.
Math – Ms. Kleine: Students will finish the unit on ratios and move into the 5th unit of the year which will focus on geometric concepts. In this
unit, students will explore angles, triangles, polygons, area, perimeter, surface area and volume. They will also analyze many real-world situations
and create models that represent those situations. Students will apply their knowledge of variables and various operations to solve different
geometric measures. They will also complete a home design project.
Science – Ms. Poole: Students have become experts in light and ecosystems. Dissecting the sea lamprey and bony fish was a highlight of the
second unit. Ask your student what organ the sea lamprey is missing and why it doesn’t need that organ. You may be surprised, or grossed out by
their answer! Is water food? This is a question students solved by conducting an experiment. Have them explain to you the results. In the next
unit, students will begin to explore chemistry with a focus on the question: “How can I smell things from a distance?”
Language Arts – Ms. Bassinger: Students are exploring plot, tone, and using inference skills to make connections with the text and the real world.
In geography, students have been studying about the African continent.
Math – Mr. White: Students will finish Geometry 5A and move on to Geometry 5B. They will explore angle pairs, cross sections of three-
dimensional figures, area and surface area of composite figures and volume of three-dimensional figures.
Science – Ms. Petruzzelli: After learning about the cells in our bodies, students will now learn about the different organ systems that make us
function properly. They will then learn about how we get some of our physical traits through genetics.
Language Arts – Ms. Kosmer: Some students finished their Revolutionary war projects and presented the projects to their classmates. They will
begin to read The Giver as their novel study. Other students will finish the research of the Civil Rights Movement and will present their
information to classmates. They will begin to read To Kill A Mockingbird as their novel study.
Pre-Algebra/Algebra 1 – Ms. Luthers: In Pre-Algebra, students finished the linear equations unit and will start the geometry unit. In this unit,
students use Fortnite as the basis to explain and help make sense of rigid transformations. If your student plays video games, draws or pays
attention to music notes, consider asking them, "Where do you see examples of rigid transformations?" This would include translations, reflections
In Algebra 1, students will finish Unit 3 - Extensions of Linear Concepts. In this unit, students were able to apply linear relationships and equations
to real world situations. Students will begin unit 4 next week. In this unit, students will learn about exponents and radicals. Consider asking your
student, "Would a piecewise function make sense for this shopping sale? If so, how many rules are there?"
Science – Mr. Lohrman: Students have learned about body systems and created full body models of the nervous, circulatory, muscular, skeletal,
respiratory and digestive systems.
LEADERS GO PLACES
Middle school students just completed
a very successful 2nd Quarter. In order
to reach level in the Leaders Go Places
program, students must earn high
marks in scholarship, citizenship and
leadership. While these are extremely
rigorous goals, 68% of our students
reached level for the 2nd Quarter.
Incentives are a large part of the LGP
program. Each student who is on level
received a certificate and a pin at a
Recognition Ceremony to honor their achievements. Students also received an LGP t-shirt, designed
by students, and are invited on exciting trips.
This quarter, students visited Liberty Resort for a day of snow tubing. For many students, this was
their first time on the mountain. For others, a return to the slopes was a fun opportunity. Students
and staff members spent the day tubing, building relationships and having fun. Students who
earned the trip should be proud of their accomplishment.
MUSIC LESSONS FOOD FOR LIFE
Mr. Garner: Students will continue to prepare concert music for the Ms. Demas: PreK and kindergarten students have started to eat a
April Community Arts Night. They will work on the music as well rainbow of fruits and vegetable. They have tasted red bell peppers,
improve tone, time and technique. All students continue to expand strawberries, tomatoes, orange bell peppers, carrots and
their musical vocabulary as well as strengthen their note and rhythm Clementines. Grade 2 students are learning how to classify foods in
reading skills. My Plate and helping prepare foods in each group. Grade 4 students
are tasting and describing spices and preparing spice blends from
ART India and Mexico to season popcorn. Middle school students are
tasting and describing ten different spices and preparing classic spice
Ms. Butcher: Students have been producing beautiful works of art. blends and foods from India, Egypt and Jamaica.
Grade 1 students learned about the color wheel and studied the
Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo and how he created vibrant paintings PHYSICAL EDUCATION
using a simple limited palette. Students also learned about how to
mix primary colors to create secondary colors and created primary Mr. Edwards: PreK – 2 students continue to refine gross motor
and secondary paintings. Grade 3 students learned about the life skills. An introduction to circuit training has started in grades 1-8.
and works of artist Wayne Thiebaud and studied his beautiful
paintings of many desserts. They also learned how to draw 3-D
cakes and made 3-D desserts out of clay. Grade 5 students learned
about the Japanese culture and learned the procedures to do a
Japanese tea ceremony. They made tatami mats, Japanese lanterns
and ceramic tea bowls. They also used all of their art work at the
Japanese tea ceremony and drank tea from their tea bowls.
Mr. Tulloch: PreK and kindergarten students are learning how to
become actors by acting out animals through activities learned in
class. Grade 1 and 2 students are learning how to work as an
ensemble through various team building and acting activities. Grade
3 and 4 students are acting out plays such as The Twelve Angry Pigs
and creating comic books. Grade 5 - 8 students are honing their
craft with spoken word and poetry and sharing it with their class.
Ms. Durkin returns from maternity leave on March 3rd.
NATURE EXPLORATION In gym, students do planks as part of circuit training
Ms. Riorda: Our youngest students are
discovering how adaptations help animals survive
in their habitats. Grade 2 students are learning
about the importance of pollination by dissecting
flowers and creating models of pollinators. Grade
6 students are creating models of how water flows
and cycles on our planet. They even conducted
experiments to determine why it rains. Grade 8
students are exploring the concept of natural
selection through games and online simulations.
Please remember to send your student to school
dressed for explorations in the park.
During Nature Exploration class, 2nd grade students do flower dissections, and LIBRARY
4th grade students hibernate like bats
Ms. Kannam: Black History Month was celebrated
in the library at all grade levels. Students read
books to gather information about countless
incredible people including: Jesse Owens,
Katherine Gordon, Wilma Rudolph, Trombone
Shorty, Malcom X, Bill Pickett, Henry Box Brown,
Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Nelson
Mandela, Dizzy Gillespie, Barak Obama and others.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Ms. Burt Grade PreK – 4: PreK and kindergarten students were invited to participate in National
Kindness Week. They are making projects to spread kindness throughout the school. Grade 1 and
2 students are learning about the many important functions of the brain. They explored these
functions through activities about memory, spatial reasoning, our senses and our ability to learn
new things. Grade 3 and 4 students are exploring the use of stereotypes in the media, and the
impact it can have on kids, particularly when it comes to stereotypes about boys and girls. Students
are learning how to become critical consumers of this information.
Mr. Cobb Grade 5 – 8: The 3rd Quarter unit is Sexual Health and continues until Quarter 4 resource In Health, a 1st grade student
begins on March 23rd. HHA’s sexual health curriculum is called The 3Rs: Rights, Respect, explores the brain's function of
Responsibility. Grade 5 students will learn about sexual and reproductive anatomy, puberty, spatial reasoning by playing with
reproduction, HIV, healthy relationships, and the difference between friendship and “love.” Grade
6 students will learn about sexual and reproductive anatomy, puberty, reproduction, gender roles Tangrams.
and expectations, setting safe boundaries, and the difference between friendship and “loving”
someone. Grade 7 students will learn about sexual and reproductive anatomy, puberty,
reproduction, understanding and preventing STDs, sexual orientation and gender identity. Grade 8
students will learn about sexual and reproductive anatomy, puberty, reproduction, LGBTQ
identities and creating safe spaces, healthy and unhealthy relationships, sexual abuse and assault,
birth control and understanding and preventing STDs. More information can be found
Ms. Guitian, Ms. Burt and Ms. Rice: Over the last several weeks, GAL and Talent Development students have been taking the Winter MAP
assessment. Administering this test mid-year is a way to ensure that students are on track for reaching their end of year growth goals in math and
reading. After reviewing each student's performance, adjustments may be made to their learning plan. Families should look forward to receiving a
copy of the scores, including individualized recommendations by the second week of March.
Ms. Shaffer: March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. In 1987,
President Ronald Regan declared March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness
Month. This month teaches about developmental disabilities, the importance of
inclusion within every aspect of life, and shares the stories of individuals with a
disability to show that a successful life is possible.
ESOL DEPARTMENT NEWS
Ms. Bailin, Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Hicks and Mr. LaBarr: PreK and kindergarten students are beginning to learn about weather and seasons. They will
explore the differences in the seasons and how this changes outside activities and clothing needed. Have your student tell you the signs of spring
approaching. Grade 1 students will begin a new unit Wings and Things that will continue with the animal theme. They will learn all about eggs that
hatch in the life cycle of frogs, ducks and turtles along with stories about butterflies like Waiting for WIngs. They will also read a delightful story
called Come Along, Daisy, a fun story about a duckling who gets lost. The children will learn a special lesson to always stay close to their parents
when out and about. Grade 2 students are starting the unit Celebrate! In this unit, they will learn about celebrations such as birthdays. Talk with
your child about your family's birthday customs now and when you were young. Do you serve a special food? Teach your child a special song or
birthday wish. Grade 3 students that receive pull-out services will learn about the different phases of the moon and how it compares to Earth, and
grade 4 students will learn about the native people of North America and their stories. Middle school students are beginning a unit called Going
Places. They will research bias faced by people from different cultures and races in the US. Students will write about how the US has changed in
the past fifty years (i.e. civil rights era) and make inferences about how life would be different if certain changes had not occurred.
As a reminder, students will not be permitted to join two clubs that meet on the same day.
The Builders Club was busy in February. A Band-aid drive was held and lots of colorful and character Band-aids were collected. Thanks to everyone
who contributed to make this campaign a success. Our friends from Future Care came to see a dress rehearsal of Into the Woods and loved
it! They could not stop raving about the performance. The members of the club really enjoyed performing for their friends from Future Care. The
next projects will include a return to Future Care to craft with the residents and prepare for the Pennies for Patients campaign. Please look for
ways to support this campaign. We are look forward to hosting another painting afternoon and selling snowballs when the weather gets warmer.
Spring Garden Club for grades 3-5 begins Thursday, March, 19th and meets every Thursday until April 30th from 2:45-4 pm. Students will plant the
school garden, learn how to take care of the plants, and prepare and serve the community dinner for Spring Community Arts Night, April 23rd. If
your child is interested in participating in Garden Club, email Ms. Demas [email protected] or tell your child to sign up at school. A lottery
will be held Thursday, March 12th to determine who gets into the club. It is not first come, first serve. Students selected by lottery will receive a
permission slip Friday, March 13th.
B’MORE GREEN CLUB B’more members recently picked up trash from around the storm drains
There are lots of objectives in the B’more Green club. This
includes water conservation/water pollution prevention,
energy conservation, solid waste reduction, habitat
restoration, and structures for environmental learning. For
the first mission, students picked up trash around the storm
drains, and will stencil the storm drains with conservation
messages to prevent water pollution. To reduce energy
conservation, the Girl Scouts created signs for light switches
with reminders to “Please turn the light off when you leave
the room at any time.” During Community Arts Night, and
other school events, the goal is to reduce waste. With the
help of the Green Healthy Smart Challenge Grant, reusable
plates, napkins, table linens, and compostable cutlery was
purchased to use at school events. For habitat restoration, a
group of students planted trees in the Canton neighborhood
and have been cleaning and weeding the school garden. In the
near future, students will repurpose donated glassware into
beautiful glass sculptures to be displayed in the gardens.
Thank you everyone for supporting the amazing Family Academic
Night celebrating black history! The event was a success, and
everyone looks forward to reflections and feedback to take into
consideration for next year. The staff committee will continue to
meet as data is shared to make recommendations for next year. The
student committee will continue to meet to increase awareness and
take action in the community.
Thank you to all of our STEAM teachers and students for your hard
work this session. Kindergarten students covered many topics this
session, and learned new ideas through hands on activities. Grade 1
students used engineering skills to design a rocket ship that will help
to safely land an astronaut egg. Grade 2 students learned to create
erosion models and got their hands dirty working with pebbles,
rocks, clay, dirt and water. It was a lot of fun! Grade 3 and 4
students studied sound in relation to pitch, frequency, and volume
through various activities. Please keep an eye out for an interest
flyer regarding the third and final session of STEAM this year.
EMERGING SCHOLARS 4th grade Emerging Scholars test whether their
rocket ships will land safely in Patterson Park
Inspired by the Black History Month door, representing Aerospace
Engineer, Dr. Aprille Ericsson, all Emerging Scholars had a chance to
design their own rocket ships. They learned about Dr. Ericsson's
accomplishments as the first African-American woman to receive a
Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University and the
first African-American woman to receive a Ph. D. in Engineering from
NASA's Goddard Space Program. Students discussed what it means
to be "the first" and why it is important to open doors for everyone
in the STEM fields. Students should be proud of their hard work this
GIRLS ON THE RUN
Girls on the Run Spring 2020 season is off to a great start! The team has been participating in a variety of engaging
activities involving embracing uniqueness, changing negative self-talk into positive self-talk, activating our ‘star
power’, exploring emotions and making good choices. Runners are building their confidence and strength to prepare
for the season-ending 5k on 4/26/20. GIRLS ON THE RUN…SO MUCH FUN!
EXCITING NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF CHESS
Marcus, Rafael, Spencer, and
Herbie competed at the
Scholastics 4th Greater Baltimore
Chess Tournament and came in
2nd place. Spencer also took
2nd place at the Greater Mid-
Atlantic Chess Championship
and is now booked to compete
at the US National Chess
Championship in Nashville, TN in
May 2020. Thank you to
Coach Julie Gochar and the
many parents who help with
Try-out day is:
Monday, March 9th
2:45 – 4 pm
For students in grades 5-8
News from Debate - HHA won 2nd place at the Baltimore Urban Debate League tournament on February 22nd. We are proud
of our elementary and middle school students who took part in new types of public speaking, declamation and impromptu
speeches. Thank you to coaches: Ms. Bazant, Mr. Coven and Mr. Fogleman for their work with this exceptional group of
students. Any student in grade 5-8 is welcome to join the club. See Ms. Swann for more information.
THE COUNTDOWN CONTINUES
61% of the school year is done
110 of our 180 student days are completed
There are approximately 46 school days left until our
3-8 grade students take the MCAP Assessment in
reading and math beginning Tuesday, May 12th.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) for grades 3 to 8 – May 12 – June 2
Report Cards – 4/16 (3rd Quarter), Last Day of School (4th Quarter)
Please put these dates on your calendar and be sure NOT to plan activities outside of school on test days!
Remember, scores on the tests help decide whether students move on to the next grade.
What Does the MCAP
Look Like for Your
Spend some time learning about this new state assessment for your child at the Maryland State Department of
Education at http://marylandpublicschools.org/about/Pages/DAAIT/Assessment/index.a spx
KNOW THE NO’S
No gum at school. It is distracting and prevents students from reading aloud clearly.
No smoking in or around school property. This is against the law on school property.
No double parking or idling at drop-off and pickup. Double parking creates a dangerous situation, and you could get a $252
ticket for double parking.
No crossing in the middle of the street. Cross your child at the corner. Do not encourage your child to get to school by
crossing in the middle of the street! This can be extremely dangerous for your child.
Please remind your child, especially older children, that ball playing is not allowed in front of the school or on the blacktop
during school arrival and dismissal times. Also, ask them to be mindful of smaller children to avoid accidentally bumping
PADRES UNIDOS/PARENTS UNITED
Do you want to meet new people? Do you want to practice your Spanish or English? Do you want to help make HHA a place where all parents feel
welcome? Please join the next Padres Unidos/Parents United on Monday, March 9th at 8 am to learn more about this group to which ALL parents
are invited! The parents pictured here are many of the members of this group that is driven by the desire to build relationships across cultural lines
and celebrate culture and diversity. Hope to see you at our next meeting!
¿Quiere conocer a gente nueva? ¿Quiere practicar su inglés? ¿Quiere ayudar hacer que HHA sea una escuela donde los padres sienten
bienvenidos? Pues, por favor acompáñenos a la próxima reunión de Padres Unidos/Parents United el 9 de marzo a las 8 de la mañana. ¡Todos los
padres de HHA están invitados! Los padres que aparecen en esta foto son muchos de los miembros de este grupo que se motiva por el deseo de
construir relaciones a través de barreras culturales y de celebrar nuestra cultura y diversidad. ¡Esperamos verlos a todos durante la próxima
International Dress Up Day and Night – Tuesday, March 10th
Students and staff can dress up for school and for International Night that
evening at 5:30 pm. You can wear clothing/shirt representing your cultural
heritage or another country.
NEWS FROM THE WELLNESS COMMITTEE
Most people have heard the phrase, “breakfast is the most
important meal of the day.” This is especially true for children.
Studies have found that students who eat breakfast have
increased attention spans and show decreased levels of
frustration in school. Eating breakfast has also been shown to
improve cognitive function and memory, increasing student
performance on math, vocabulary, and other demanding mental
tasks. Eating breakfast has even been linked with fewer morning visits to the school nurse. To ensure
you child eats breakfast every morning, HHA provides breakfast for each student from 7:40-7:55 am in
the cafeteria. You can also have grab-and-go foods ready for rushed mornings, such as fresh fruit;
individual boxes or baggies of whole-grain, low-sugar cereal; yogurt or smoothies; trail mix or hard-boiled eggs. If you have an extra ten minutes at
home before school, eggs, yogurt with nuts and fruit, smoothies, toasted English muffin with peanut butter and bananas make great breakfasts.
Break the fast, don’t let it last! Start each day the breakfast way!
CANTON CANOPY NEWS
Adopt-A-Tree: We need families to help us care for the trees around HHA. This means to weed, water, and mulch the trees once or twice a month
over the spring and summer months. Please contact Molly Burger at [email protected] if you and your family can help. We can provide
the mulch, gloves and water from the HHA garden area. These trees will provide shade, help clean the air around the school, and the cut pits help
prevent storm runoff. Thank you! Save the date for Canton Canopy's two upcoming plantings! Join neighbors on Sunday, April 26th and Saturday
May 9th, 9am-12 noon to plant trees on Fait Avenue. Coffee, donuts, gloves, and tools provided. Just bring yourself! Everyone is invited to
Mahaffey's afterwards for lunch. Like us on Facebook for more information about the plantings or send Molly an email!
NEWS FROM THE DISTRICT 46 TEAM
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We are halfway through the Legislative Session and some of the most significant
legislation in a generation is working its way through the Maryland General
Assembly. Both the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and a historic $2.2 billion
investment in school construction are making progress. You can find out a little
more about our priorities this Session below:
● Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (SB1000/HB1300) - After three years of
work, the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations are awaiting final approval
by the MGA to transform Maryland’s public schools so all Maryland students
can compete in a 21st century economy. Under the current proposal,
Baltimore City will receive an additional $100 million next year alone,
increasing to $225 million by 2025.
● Built to Learn Act (SB1/HB1) - The Built to Learn Act will inject $2.2 billion District 46 Team at a recent town hall meeting
into school construction to modernize school buildings in every Maryland
jurisdiction. The funding would support projects to build, or renovate existing schools based on the level of need. It has already passed the
House of Delegates and was just heard in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.
● Legislative Package on Crime - Public safety is at the top of our minds every single day, and we are committed to passing a comprehensive
package of bills focused on deploying smarter resources, demanding real accountability and taking illegal guns off of our streets. You can read
more about the proposal to build safe and strong communities in Maryland Matters.
No matter how busy things are in Annapolis, we are always focused on home and District 46. We just held our annual Team46 Legislative Town
Hall and appreciate everyone who came out to the National Federation of the Blind to hear about the 2020 Session, as well as our legislative
priorities. Please do not hesitate to reach out and tell us what you think of the pending legislation, and make sure to let us know if you will be
down in Annapolis!
Senator Bill Ferguson, Delegate Luke Clippinger, Delegate Robbyn Lewis, Delegate Brooke Lierman
[email protected] (410-841-3600); [email protected] (410-841-3488);
[email protected] (410-841-3772); [email protected] (410-841-3319)
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING AT HHA
by Steven Plunk, Director of Restorative Practices
The Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning (www.casel.org) defines social and emotional learning (SEL) as the process through which
children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain
positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Twenty years of research underscore the importance and positive outcomes of SEL in
schools. Besides improved behavior, there are also direct academic benefits. Students that participate in SEL programs showed an 11% gain in
academic achievement. This is certainly evident at HHA.
In addition to the community-building classroom circles teachers facilitate in homerooms as part of our Restorative Practices Program, we also
offer evidence-based social skills curricula for students across all grade levels. Second Step (www.secondstep.org) and Sanford Harmony
(www.sanfordharmony.org) compliment what our teachers already do around teaching and reinforcing empathy, emotion management and
problem solving skills with their students. While many of these lessons are delivered in small group settings during lunch bunches or resource
classes by Ms. Tucker (Social Worker), Ms. Seymour (Guidance Counselor), Ms. Lee (School Counseling Intern from JHU) and Mr. Polanco
(Hopkins/Bayview School and Family Therapist), others are delivered whole-class by the classroom teacher along with Mr. Plunk (Director of
Restorative Practices), Ms. Smith (Speech-Language Pathologist) and Dr. Schardt (School Psychologist).
Students in PreK, kindergarten and 1st grade learn problem solving techniques through use of the Second Step
program: Say the Problem (giving both perspectives and without blame), Think of Solutions, Explore Consequences
(both positive and negative) and Pick the Best Solution
3rd grade students find
things in common and build
friendships using the
Commonalities Bingo game
3rd grade students practice the emotion management steps: Stop, Name Your Feeling, Calm Down. Students
brainstormed their own scenarios and had a chance to practice the steps in front of their peers.
3rd grade students had a chance to earn
Spectacular Express train cars by completing
‘extra-credit’ assignments as part of the Second
Step lessons. Feelings Detective and
Friendship Worksheets gave students additional
practice with identifying feelings and
PLEASE KEEP YOUR Class Picture Day
Thursday, March 12th
CONTACT INFORMATION Students will be photographed
(ADDRESS AND in their uniform.
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HHA is serious about attendance. Our talented staff cannot teach unless students attend school. There is a district-wide focus on student
attendance. Again this year, there will be mandatory hearings at school headquarters for the parents of students with poor attendance. Each
month, the newsletter will include this chart so students and parents can review attendance averages.
Congratulations to the 3rd Grade Team for having the highest attendance average for February.
The students in this grade level will have a PTO sponsored pizza party.
February Attendance% Year Attendance%
Grade 93.77% Grade 95.74%
HHA average 96.27% HHA average 96.22%
Grade 3 95.25% Grade 4 96.16%
Grade 4 94.74% Grade 7 96.09%
Grade 6 94.60% Grade 5 96.05%
Grade 5 93.68% Grade 3 95.84%
PreK 93.62% Grade 6 95.72%
Grade 7 Grade 1 95.66%
92.95% PreK 95.46%
Kindergarten 92.66% Grade 2 95.25%
Grade 8 91.85% Grade 8 94.89%
Grade 1 91.70% Kindergarten
THE SPECTACULAR EXPRESS IS ROLLING ALONG
The Spectacular Express program at HHA is used to recognize students in grades 1-5 for
doing a spectacular act. This may be a random act of kindness, outstanding academic
behavior, being honest and much more. Students who received a train car for the month of
Anderson, Shawn Dziedzic, Ivy Navas-Migueloa, Soledad
Babour, Mandell Dziedzic, Kipling Parr, Ellia
Canales-Sanchez, Dominic Fleig, William Rivera-Barreto, Miriam
Candia Garcia, Julian Flores-Venancio, Ruby Roldan-Sanchez, Elvin
Candia-Garcia, Jazmin Garcia Alvarado, Shanik Rothstein, Jackson
Cano, Almadelia Geist, Lylah Smith, Areanna
Castelan, Juliette Gover, Hailee Tillman, Darius
Collier, Grace Hamilton, Theodore Torres, Mia
Cruz-Gonzalez, Brian Harper, Heaven Velasquez Ruiz, Keren
Dach, Hudson Morris, Jack Winder, Michael
Douglas, Ryan Morrision, Tessa Zornes, Damien
Would you like a way to communicate with our diverse HHA community? There is an app called "Say Hi". You can
download this app to your phone and have conversations with non-English speakers. It is very simple to use, and you
will have the means to communicate with any non-English speaking person. The app is free and offers a large variety
Upcoming PTO Events Include:
Tutti Gusti Night – 3/5 3-8pm flyer attached - Join HHA on the first Thursday of each month for a fun dinner out and help PTO raise
money! Tutti Gusti donates 10% of all eat in and carry out orders.
PTO Meeting – 3/9 - meeting dates have changed to the 2nd Mondays 6pm in the library - Childcare will be available until 7pm.
Harris Teeter - consider attaching your VIC card to HHA. When you shop Harris Teeter brands, a percentage of your purchase is donated
to the school that is linked to your VIC card. There are NO LIMITS to how much a school can earn. A huge THANK YOU to all of the
families that linked their Harris Teeter VIC card to HHA. For the 2019-2020 school year, the PTO received a check for $4,677! This is an
amazing way to raise money for HHA by buying Harris Teeter brand items. We encourage you to spread the word to friends and family so
that we can continue our success. Instructions on how to link your card is located at the end of the news magazine.
Happy Hour – 3/20 6pm - El Bufalo - 2921 O'Donnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224 (flyer attached)
Movie Night – 3/27 5:30pm - Frozen II - Bring a picnic dinner and a blanket and settle in for the show. Pajamas and stuffed animals are
encouraged. Concessions will be available. (flyers attached)
JOIN THE CCA - The Canton Community Association (CCA) is our local volunteer neighborhood organization for those who live, work, or
play within Canton. Each month the CCA sends an e-newsletter to all its members to share helpful information, news and events about
Life in Canton. Want to learn about CCA committee involvement, volunteer opportunities, community & family-friendly activities and
more? All you have to do is join the CCA. Memberships start at $10/year. To join, visit www.cantoncommunity.org/join-us/. If you have
information to submit, please send to [email protected]
Treasurer’s Report – February, 2020
Opening Balance 35134.86 Expenses Childcare for PTO meeting 50.00
Audio Microphones 1217.94
Happy Hour 35.00
Closing Balance 210.00
SAVE THE DATE FOR B3
SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH
TICKETS GO ON SALE NOW!
Gift Cards needed for
Did you have gift cards that you will
not use? You can pay it forward.
The HHA B3 Committee needs gift
cards for prizes at the 10th annual B3
event on 04/18/2020. Donations can
be placed in the PTO mailbox. Also,
see donation information for B3
Staff and students would like to say thank you to:
The HHA PTO: Sean Morrison, Adrienne Ekas-Mueting, Jim Hanson, Rachel Douglas, Jill
Morrison, Beth Kemmery, Carmelina Mosier, Shallah Graham, Alison Bucklin and Fulya Gursel.
Also, special thanks to Bonnie Mattox, Laverne Gilmore, Eva Bazant, Rafael Coven, Stephen
Fogleman, Julie Gochar, Steven Cuellar, Liz Wycall, Leana Houser, Anya Cappolla, Liz Gebelein,
Becky Laws, Margaret Park Ashani Jayasekera, Amelia Thomas Shannon Cos, Veronica Piskor,
Madeline Williams, Renee Tuma, Darwin Diaz, Cheryl Descipio and the many parents who help
with various activities throughout the school.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SIGN IN EACH TIME YOU VOLUNTEER!
FAMILY FUN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Southeast Anchor Library - located at 3601 Eastern Avenue; 410-396-1580, www.prattlibrary.org/locations/southeast/
Friends of Patterson Park – located at 27 S. Patterson Park Avenue; 410-276-3676, pattersonpark.com/
Creative Alliance at the Patterson – located at 3134 Eastern Avenue, 410-276-1651, creativealliance.org
Patterson Park Audubon Center – located at 2901 E. Baltimore Street, 410-558-2473, pattersonpark.audubon.org/
Please check the back of the news magazine for additional event information!
LET US KNOW WHAT YOU ARE THINKING!
Hampstead Hill Academy Feedback Form
School Year 2019-2020
Name and contact information if you want a response to your submission:_____________________________
I have a_____question_____comment_____concern_____suggestion.
Please return this form to Ms. Swann.
Principal’s List – January, 2020
Abukhteir, Muhammad Cruz-Gonzalez, Brian Herndon, Marley Morrison, Tessa
Acevedo Quezada, Regina Cuellar, Penelope Hillenburg, Mia Moussa, Berend
Adarkwah-Yiadom, Jaden Dach, Hudson Hines, Bentley Munoz, Andy
Aguilar-Garcia, Maritza Dagistan, Jem Hines, Parker Naasz, Zoe
Aguilar-Oyorzabal, Neyria Daimoucha, Hafssa Horner, Karma Navas-Migueloa, Soledad
Alarcon-Ramos, Josiah Daniels, Archer Houser, John Neponuceno-Moran, Henry
Albrecht Brown, Vivienne Davila, Ariadna Huerta-Machuca, Daniel Nicholson, Kyle
Alexander, Zoe Davis, Elijah Huerta-Machuca, Gustavo Nunez-Cabrera, Allison
Almazo, Felix Deleon, Alex Hunt, Liam Oleszczuk, Hailey
Andersen, Sejr Elliot Denham, Aaron Hunter, Zylas Orlaskey, Parker
Anderson, Quinn Denham, Hailey Isaula-Aguilar, Alex Parr, Daxton
Anderson, Sasha Desai, Ava Jimenez-Reyes, Catherine Parr, Ellia
Bailey, Addison Desai, Ella Jimenez-Reyes, Juan Perez, James
Baloh, Huxley Di Seta, Oscar Joda, Hassan Poland, Ayden
Baloh, Lucy Dobbins, Gabriella Joda, Malak Powell, Keller
Baten-Rios, Lesli Dominguez, Emmanuel Johnson, Brayden Prioleau, Aerin
Beatty, Zoey Donahue, Benjamin Johnson, Gianna Purkey, Cassie
Beaudry, Andrew Douglas, Ryan Johnson, Zoey Ramirez, Lisander
Beaudry, Timothy Dryanovski, Valeri Jones, Savely Ramirez-Moran, Yostin
Boyle, Andrew Dziedzic, Ivy Jordon, Damien Richards, Mason
Bradford, Karmen Dziedzic, Kipling Joslin, Sofia Rivera-Castro, Aylin
Briscoe, Caleb England, Steven Jozefiak, Avamae Rivera, Marcus
Bucklin, Evelyn Escalante-Sanchez, Gisselle Juknevicius, Gus Rivera-Barreto, Keily
Burger, Calvin Fagoaga-Zaraut, Stephanie Kemmery, Tyler Rivera-Orellana, Emmanuel
Burger, Henry Fawcett, Helena Keola-Lee, Delilah Rivera-Orellana, Genesis
Bussey, Joseph Ferguson, Caleb Keola-Lee, Nasir Robinson, Chase
Canales-Sanchez, Dominic Filippou, Elisavet Kim, Sophia Robinson, Colin
Candia Garcia, Jazmin Filippou, Sofia King, Shakim Robinson, Payton
Candia-Garcia, Julian Flores-Venancio, Ruby Knorovsky, Kamryn Rogers, Quinn
Candia-Velazquez, Selena Foote, Lennon Koonce, Chloe Rogers, Teaghan
Cannizzaro, Aria Fraser, Gavin Lamp, Danielle Roldan-Sanchez, Elvin
Cannizzaro, Treme' Garcia Alvarado, Shanik Larman, Zola Rosa, April
Cano Martinez, Ashley Garry, Tobias Lee, Skyy Rosa, Cecilia
Cano-Candia, Almadelia Gilbert, Gianna Leverett, Terry Rothstein, Jackson
Canoles, Harper Gomez, Gabriel Levy, Peyton Roycroft, Ana
Cappolla, Spencer Gomez-Buezo, Douglas Lewis, Embrya Salto, Kayla
Castelan, Juliette Gonzales, Saray Lucas, Addison Schellenbach, Parker
Castro, Tyler Gonzalez-Avila, Mia Mangano, Isabella Schiffer, Quinn
Castro-Quintanilla, Ana Gonzalez-Serrano, McCartney, Quinn Schroeder, Ian
Cawthon, Kolby Christopher McCray, Julia Schutz, Annabel
Chabot, Liliane Gorham, Grace McDowell, Zander Shah, Bria
Clark, Branon Guambano-Calle, Melany McFadden, Harmony Shroyer, Atticus
Cole, Danielle Guarnaccia, Ava McFadden, Nevaeh Sierra-Levin, Henry
Colin-Gonzalez, Melissa Gursel, Zehra Megali, Samuel Simon, Wallace
Collier, Grace Hall, Alexis Mendez-Mendoza, Sio, Aleem
Connolly, Camden Hamilton, Theodore Jacqueline Smith, Corbyn
Connolly, Hudson Hampton-Glunde, Julius Misewich, Tyler Soto, Monserratt
Cornejo, Diana Hansel, Edward Mittenthal, Mae Sounakhen, Christopher
Cornish, Chrystian Hanson, Bryant Molina, Sophia Sullivan, James
Coronel Zamora, Madison Harper, Heaven Moran-Chavez, Abril Sullivan, Maeve
Couteau, Cecilia Harris, London Morris, Jack Sweets, Heaven
Crandalscott, Atlantis Harrison, Rodney Morris, Maya Sweets, Mekhi
Tate, Amalie Torres-Ramirez, Randy White, Ivy Zaragoza-Cardoso, Noemi
Teresi, John Townshend, Carter Wilson, Laila Zelic, Azran
Thompson, Zaharia Velasquez Ruiz, Keren Wycall, Andrew Zelic, Una
Tillman, Drew Victoriano, Madelyn Yupa-Cuzco, Wesley Zheng, Andrea
Tolentino, Daniel Wagner-Tan, Leo Zamora-Rojas, Edgar Zhumi-Mendez, Javier
Torres-Ramirez, Mia Webster, Zane Zamora-Rojas, Giselle Zornes, Damien
Honor Roll – January, 2020
Albrecht Brown, Sylvia Gonzalez-Hernandez, Neponuceno-Moran, Woolery, Emily
Alosaimi, Lulwah Daniela Kevin Wycall, William
Anderson, Camden Gordon, Kameron Nicholson, Cameron Xolalpa-Torres, Angel
Arias Mendoza, Judith Gordon, Tori Nunez-Ramirez, Juan Xolalpa-Torres, Arely
Arias-Mendoza, Sandra Gossage, Alyssa Orellana-Gasper, Kimberly Zaragoza-Caballero, Paola
Avila-Larios, Sergio Gover, Hailee Palmer, Fiona Zuniga-Gallegos, Yaneli
Babour, Mandell Griffin, Adrian Pappas, Eric
Baten-Rios, Ashly Guambana-Calle, Park, Sophia
Bautista-Uroza, Stephanie Christopher Patmore, Grace
Beckham, Patrick Guzman-Rios, Hannette Payne, Jayden
Bethea, Alex Guzman-Zavala, Yamile Perez, Luis
Bolanos-Buezo, Fernando Hernandez, Emely Portillo-Santos, Emely
Borowski, Evan Hernandez-Ramirez, Emily Price Ojagh, Herbert
Bratton-Bey, Mikayla Hernandez-Ramirez, Ivan Prioleau, Kendall
Bratton-Bey, Milan Holcolmb, Urijah Prioleau, Paul
Bush, Robert-Emmett Huggins, Dawn Quinteros, Kimberly
Cabeza, Evanna Hunter, Ginelle Ramirez Urbina, Katherine
Campos, Giovani Jara-Martinez, Jason Ramirez-Cardoso, Daniella
Cano-Leon, Elmer Johnson, Kamoir Randolph, Najee
Cardillo, Gianella Jozefiak, Michael Richards, Malia
Carpenter, Wyatt Juvencio-Gaspar, Karen Rimzan, Zahraa
Casimiro, Henry Kavanagh, Meyrn Rodriguez, Nevaeh
Castillo-Vargas, Julyabby King, Aleana Rosas, Brandon
Cielo-Medina, Ian Kozlowski, Zachary Sanchez, Bryan
Colin-Gonzalez, Octavio Kryshtompol, Jevhenia Sanders, Colin
Colon, Gabriel Lawrence, Amira Sanders, Gabriel
Corro-Cruz, Edgar Lewis, Harlow Santos-Marin, Nicholas
Cos, Logan Lewis, Henry Simmers, Joshua
Cos, Matison Locklear, Aiden Simms, Nathaniel
Cruz-Herrera, Alexander Lopez-Calderon, Danny Smith, Areanna
Dagistan, Ava Madrigal-Galindo, Yasmin Smith, Daelan
Daimoucha, Assia Maldonado, Jacqueline Smith-Imperatore, Riley
Davis, Trinity Martinez Ibarra, Jonathan Spencer, Taylor
De Los Santos-Solano, Martinez-Flores, Axel Stewart, Olivia
Eliseo Mateos-Davila, Ingrid Tanner, Kaitlyn
Diaz-Lopez, Darwin Mattox, Evan Tilghman, Kenadi
Forame, Sadie McCutchen-Shabazz, Taj Tlapanco-Dominguez,
Franco, Madisson Mejia-Candia, Yaritza Guadalupe
Fraser, Frances Miller, Asia Turowski, Jacob
Fraser, Julianna Miller, Joaquin Vicuna-Villalba, Angel
Gahagan, Fiona Milligan, Hannah Wahl, Zoe
Garry, Mirabelle Miskimon, Layla Warren, Anala
Gochar, Charles Montgomery, Ryder Watnoski, Olivia
Gonzaga, Genesis Morales De Leon, Lester Watson, Peyton
Gonzalez, Yaretzi Navas-Migueloa, Luis Wilson, Lailani
FREE for all
Sample foods and enjoy performances from across the globe! Don´t miss it!
$5 with RVSP &
March 10 / 5:30-7:30$6 at the door
Includes exciting dance and song from Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, China, Greece, Africa, and the U.S.
After the performance, dinner will be served by Ms. Demas and her student team from the Culinary Arts Club!
5:30-7:30 / 10 de Marzo
y $6 en la puerta
Incluye actuaciones de cante y baile de México, Perú, El Salvador, China, Grecia, África, y USA. Después de la
actuación, la Sra. Demas y su equipo del club de arte culinario servirán una cena con comidas de muchos países!
¡Clase de comidas y
baile de disfrutar
GRATIS a de muchos
las 5! países! ¡No lo
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Presents Family Movie Night
Date: Friday, March 27th, 2020
Location: in the school gym
Your family is invited to a FREE showing of Disney’s Frozen II, with
Spanish subtitles, thanks to the sponsorship of the PTO! Bring a
picnic dinner and a blanket and settle in for the show. Pajamas and
stuffed animals are encouraged. Concessions will be available.
Doors open at 5:30pm and the movie will begin at 5:45pm!
All children must be supervised by an adult.
This is not a drop-off event.
MARCH 13 Patterson Park
AMIGOS PEQUEÑITOS ────
Baby Animals | Animales Bebés Bilingual Tiny Tots
Tiny Tots is an early childhood environmental education program
where kids make a craft, play a game, and read a story around a Bilingües
new nature theme each month! Space is limited. Please register in
advance: [email protected] or 410.558.2473 Baby Animals
Audubon imparte este programa infantile sobre naturaleza donde Friday, March 13th
los niños exploran artes, juegos, e historias, todo alrededor de una Viernes 13 Marzo
tema central – ofrecido en español. Registración: 10:30 – 11:30 am
[email protected] or 410.558.2473
Ages 2-5 | 2-5 años
Meet on the
northeast side of the
Comenzamos al lado
noreste de la laguna.
donaciones de $5
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MARCH 21 & Patterson Park
BIRD WATCHING IN
Druid Hill Park
Join us in Druid Hill Park & Patterson Park Meet at 3001 East Dr.
Saturday, March 21
Over 200 bird species have visited Patterson Park, an important
migratory stopover in Baltimore City! Experts from Audubon and ────
the Maryland Zoo lead us in search of avian friends every month in Patterson Park
these two city parks. Bring the whole family! No experience Meet at the fountain
necessary. There is no need to RSVP for this event, just arrive Saturday, March 28
ready to explore. To borrow binoculars: [email protected]
or 410.558.BIRD(2473) ────
8:00 – 9:30 AM
All ages & experience
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Kerplunk! FREE family Art Workshop
SAT MAR 7,14,21 | 12-3PM
On March 28th, Kerplunk! will be at the Kite Fest in Patterson Park!
Drop-in every Saturday from Noon to 3pm for FREE art-making workshops that the whole
family can enjoy. No registration required and all of the materials are provided. In this
series families learn about Black Creatives in the arts and create projects inspired by their
Our Kite Fest is SAT MAR 28 | Rain Date MAR 29 | Noon-4pm
Blowing back into Patterson Park this spring, The Big Baltimore Kite Festival fills the sky with
vibrant colors and celebrates the broad spectrum of cultures that make up Baltimore! Join
us near the Pagoda to make your own kite, listen to breezy music, participate in the “Will It
Fly” competition, and enjoy a day outside in our beautiful park! Bring a picnic blanket, bring
a kite, bring your friends!
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Saturdays at the Cinema
Saturday, March 14, 11:00 a.m.
Three teenagers must help a Yeti return to his family
while avoiding a wealthy man and a zoologist who want
it for their own needs. 2019. Directed by Jill Culton and
Todd Wilderman. Starring Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai,
Tenzing Norgay Trainor. Rated PG. 1 hour 37 minutes.
The Addams Family
Saturday, April 4, 2:00 p.m.
The eccentrically macabre family moves to a bland suburb
where Wednesday Addams’ friendship with the daughter
of a hostile and conformist local reality show host
exacerbates conflict between the families. 2019. Directed
by Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon. Starring Oscar Isaac,
Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz. Rated PG. 1 hour 26
Canton Branch The free educational and cultural programs at
Pratt libraries are made possible by the generous
1030 S. Ellwood Avenue contributions of donors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
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Earth Day with Blue Water Baltimore
H20 MYSTERY LAB
Designed specifically for inquisitive 3rd-to-5th-grade minds,
this session will have kids thinking about the importance of
water in ways they (and perhaps you) have never considered.
Central Library | 400 Cathedral Street
Saturday, March 14, 2:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Branch | 300 E. Patapsco Avenue
Wednesday, March 11, 4:00 p.m.
WILDFLOWER SEEDPOD-MAKING WORKSHOP
Participants will learn how to make native wildflower seedpods
(aka seed bombs) while also learning about the role native
plants play in ecosystem restoration and the urban water cycle.
For ages 7 – 12.
Canton Branch | 1020 S. Ellwood Avenue
Monday, April 6, 4:30 p.m.
Forest Park Branch | 3023 Garrison Boulevard
Tuesday, March 10, 3:30 p.m.
Govans Branch | 5714 Bellona Avenue
Thursday, April 9, 3:30 p.m.
Patterson Park Branch | 158 N. Linwood Avenue
Monday, March 23, 3:00 p.m.
THE BALTIMARBLE WATER CYCLE
This fun presentation demonstrates the urban water cycle
using educational illustrations, a few props, and a repurposed
Marble Run game. For ages 5 – 12.
Hamilton Branch | 5910 Harford Road
Tuesday, April 14, 3:00 p.m.
Herring Run Branch | 3801 Erdman Avenue
Thursday, March 12, 4:00 p.m.
The free educational and cultural programs at Pratt prattlibrary.org
libraries are made possible by the generous support of
donors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
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Family STEM: Power Up
Learn how to make and conduct power through
hands-on activities and experiments.
Monday, March 2 4:00 p.m.
Canton Branch The free educational and cultural programs at Pratt
libraries are made possible by the generous support of
1030 S. Ellwood Avenue
donors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
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Craft Lab: Mandalas
Explore geometry through the art of mandalas.
Wednesday, March 25 4:00 p.m.
Canton Branch The free educational and cultural programs at Pratt
libraries are made possible by the generous support of
1030 S. Ellwood Avenue
donors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library.