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December 2018 HHA Parent News Magazine

December 2018 HHA Parent News Magazine






Welcome to Hampstead Hill Academy!

Vision Statement

Hampstead Hill seeks to be a safe, nurturing, diverse, family-friendly neighborhood school with rigorous, effective academic
programs and exciting, engaging extracurricular activities. We believe all parents want the same thing for their children: more and
better opportunities for college and career. We believe in the importance of the arts, and we want our students to be great
communicators, listeners and writers. Our students will be forward thinkers, persistent, responsible, caring, dependable and healthy
members of the greater community.

Mission Statement

Hampstead Hill Academy is a neighborhood public charter school that exists to educate children living in both our attendance area
and throughout Baltimore City. Our talented staff uses research-based curriculum to develop and implement rigorous lesson plans
that continuously raise the academic bar for our students. Our whole school community is dedicated to working together to
challenge our students to succeed in a fair, consistent, just and joyful learning environment.

Hampstead Hill Academy Note from Principal Hornbeck…
500 South Linwood Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21224 Hampstead Hill Academy is going to rock the
new state accountability system. A new star
410.396.9146 tele. 410.396.3637 fax rating for each school in Maryland is coming tomorrow (December 4th) and the “stars are
aligning” for HHA to make a very strong
Matt Hornbeck, Principal [email protected] showing. Under a federal law called the Every
John Paz, Assistant Principal [email protected] Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), all states must put
an accountability system in place for schools.
Cassandra Bailey, Assistant Principal [email protected] The Maryland State Department of Education
(MSDE) chose to utilize a one to five star rating
Hampstead Hill Academy system. Elementary and middle schools have
is operated by the Baltimore Curriculum Project, a local nonprofit twenty measurement categories including
student proficiency on state assessments,
organization celebrating more than a decade chronic absentee rates, English learners making
progress, and credit for and access to a well-
of service and student learning in Baltimore. rounded curriculum. We need 126 points to earn
a rare five star rating. I wonder how many
Laura Doherty, President points HHA students and staff will earn? Stay
[email protected] tuned to our website and Facebook page for a
John McGill, Director of Academic Affairs special press release once MSDE releases the
[email protected] ratings publicly.

HHA Parent News Magazine is published monthly for the families and
community of Hampstead Hill Academy

Geraldine Swann
Director of Community Outreach

Matt Hornbeck, Principal

Magazine contributions from:
HHA staff

Club coordinators
Community Organizations



 12/6, PTO Tutti Gusti Night 3-8 pm Top News Stories page 3
 12/6, Choosing HHA Middle School for Your Child 5-6pm
 12/8, High School Fair, 9 am  Current HHA information along with
 12/9, Pinkalicious at Center Stage upcoming events
 12/10, Padres Unidos/Strong Schools 8 am
 12/14, Purple Friday News from the Teams page 5
 12/14, PTO Holiday Party 6 pm
 12/18, Latino Support Group 8 am  What your child is doing in class along
 12/19, Ugly Sweater Day with resource, enrichment and ESOL
 12/19, School Family Council 3pm information
 12/19, Strong Schools Maryland Meeting 4 pm
 12/20, Community Arts Night 5:30 pm Club/Activities News page 10
 12/21, Middle School Out of Uniform Day
 12/21, Progress Reports Sent Home  Updates and announcements for the
 12/24 – 1/2, School Closed Winter Break many clubs offered at HHA
 1/2, School Reopens
Family Information page 13

 Issues important to our parents on a
variety of subjects

PTO News page 15

 News from the Parent/Teacher
Organization at HHA

Let Us Know What You are
Thinking page 16

 Use this form for any question,
comment, concern or suggestion you
may have



Throughout the year, and especially for Thanksgiving, Mr. Hornbeck
enjoys baking pies. This fresh apple pie features a double homemade
crust with Kerrygold butter and granny smith and honeycrisp apples
with just the right amount of lemon, sugar and cinnamon. Cooking,
especially baking, can be a great family activity - and yummy too!

Mr. Hornbeck’s homemade Thanksgiving apple pie




While HHA administration, staff, and safety-minded parents appreciate the recent attention of city traffic
enforcement officers at drop off and pick up, we do not coordinate with them and do not know when they
will be present to direct traffic and write tickets to help keep our students safe. Please be aware that
double parking, which means stopping your car in the middle of the road (not at the curb, actually in the
lane of traffic) will result in a $252 ticket. This information is noted in each news magazine. There is no
time that any family budget includes that kind of money for a moving violation, especially during the
holiday season. Be smart and be safe by pulling to the curb before letting your child exit the car. Better
yet, park a block or two away and walk to drop off/pick up your child. We thank you for your cooperation.


Rising 6th grade students have a number of middle school choices. Students may decide to continue their
studies at HHA, attend parochial or independent schools, or citywide programs such as Ingenuity or Advanced Academics. The overwhelming
majority of students attending HHA in 5th grade decide to return for 6th grade. In fact, in recent years, students have returned to HHA from
Ingenuity and declined to attend private school. Reasons to stay at HHA include rigorous academic programming, including honors science and
social studies classes for every student as well as great teachers, admission to the very best high schools in the Baltimore area, the convenience of
knowing HHA’s procedures, access to HHA’s administrators, our friendly and comforting climate and culture, friends your child has known for years,
and a middle school program that prepares your child for high school.

Also, HHA offers our middle school students The Leaders Go Places (LGP) program which provides your child with small group high school advisory,
access to weekly assemblies, special speakers, and targeted help with important note taking and organizational skills. In addition, LGP tracks your
child’s grade point average (GPA), behavior, attendance and service learning hours. Success in these three areas means rewards including
academic and cultural field trips to Washington and Philadelphia and community-building trips to Hershey Park and the beach. Depending on your
child’s GPA, behavior, attendance and service learning hours, he/she may earn a leadership level – bronze, silver, gold or platinum. Students on
leadership level receive special uniform shirts, pins and other HHA swag. We know you have middle school choices, and we hope you choose to
stay with us! See Middle School Academic Coach Mike Lucas or Guidance Counselor Nicky Seymour with comments or questions. There is a
special middle school information session for rising 6th grade students and their families this Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 5 pm.


Students at HHA who achieve the highest levels of performance are Spread the word to family and friends that applications for the
recognized on the Principal’s List and Honor Roll. Students in the 1st lottery and pre-kindergarten are available at HHA. The lottery is
grade must achieve a grade of P with a 1 or 2 in all subjects and S in held for students at all grade levels who do not live in the zoned
all subjects for conduct to be recognized on the Principal’s List. In area for the school. If you do not live in this area and would like for
grades 2-5, the Principal’s List distinction recognizes students with your child to attend HHA, you can pick up an application at school or
all E’s in Core subjects. In grades 2-5, Honor Roll students are noted visit this link
for receiving all G’s and E’s in core subjects. You can find a list of our The lottery will take place Tuesday, February 12th at 3 pm.
top performing students in this newsletter. Students in grades 6-8
are recognized for their scholarship, leadership and citizenship
through the Leaders Go Places program.


Culinary Arts Club will prepare and serve dinner at Winter Community Arts Night, Thursday, December 20th from
5:30-7 pm. RSVP to Ms. Demas [email protected] or return the bottom portion of the invitation that will
be sent home shortly. Community Arts Night is a celebration of student art, music and food. Gingerbread houses
made from scratch by students in Culinary Arts Club under the guidance of pastry chef Veronica Piskor will be on

display during the event. We hope to see you there!



At HHA, we have various ways to relay important school information to our families.
1. HHA Parent News Magazine – The most comprehensive document the school offers parents. Each month the news magazine has a list of
all upcoming events, a message from Principal Hornbeck, updates from the classrooms and teams, PTO information, community events
and much more!
2. HHA Website ( – The website features HHA policies, schedules, district information, news stories, pictures,
academic/community links, the monthly news magazines along with many other items.
3. Parent E-mail list – Parents can sign up to receive all school info quickly to their e-mail box. Simply e-mail Ms. Swann at
[email protected] Send your first and last name and the first and last name of each of your children.
4. Class DoJo – Another technology resource used to communicate information to mostly middle school families. Teachers use Class DoJo
to send messages and information directly to our parents.
5. HHA Facebook Page ( – All upcoming events, school delays, closings and early
dismissals are posted on Facebook as well as club cancellations.
6. Parent Link Phone Calls – This system calls every parent in our school with an important message. These messages may relate to
attendance, closings, events, etc.


HHA was proud and honored to host a delegation of educators from the
People’s Republic of China last month. The World Trade Center Institute
(WTCI) administers an International Visitor Leadership Program on behalf of
the U.S. State Department. Foreign delegations visited Maryland on varying
topics in order to learn about best practices and apply them to their fields
back in their native countries. Our delegation included six prominent
education professionals from China. They visited Maryland as part of a
program titled Education Reform in the United States and hoped to gain
insight into Maryland’s approach to local governments and schools working
creatively to address specific U.S. challenges in education. Our guests spent
a few hours with Mr. Hornbeck and HHA’s senior leadership and then took a
tour. They gained insight into HHA’s history, and how we are able to be
highly effective as a public charter school within Baltimore City.

MATH RUMBLE ROCKS HHA host Chinese Delegation of Educators

2nd grade Math Rumble Winners! Mr. Berry booms, “Leeetttt’s get ready to rummmmmmble!” and
with that the 18th Annual HHA Math Rumble was off and running. For
those new to our school, the Math Rumble is sort of like a spelling
bee, but with math facts instead of words. Students in grades 1-4
compete through several rounds of math problems, and there are
winners based on the groups with the highest percent of students left
standing. Students get practice in a public speaking setting, and
everyone receives a certificate of participation. The Math Rumble is
an opportunity to practice getting comfortable with public speaking
and practice basic math facts; addition, subtraction, multiplication
and division. These basic computation skills form the foundation for
the more complex math skills required by the Common Core

Special thanks to Ms. Trainer, Ms. Johnson, and Mr. Lucas for their
leadership and organization and to Ms. Swann and Mr. Berry for their
coordination, enthusiasm and essential logistical support.

Uniform Items - If your child borrowed a uniform item from school due to an accident or otherwise, 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.




Ms. Klenk and Ms. Kaminaris - Welcome back from Thanksgiving break and thank you to all parents who attended or donated food items for our
PreK Thanksgiving celebration! Stay tuned for more information about our next in-class winter holiday celebration. PreK students have been
learning about families and communities. In December, students will learn about winter holidays and community helpers. Point out any community
helpers you see around the neighborhood such as police officers, firefighters, EMT's, doctors, etc. Students will also begin the shape unit. Look
around your home and neighborhood for examples of shapes and have your student identify and describe the shapes. Also, please make sure your
child has a LABELED coat to wear to school. Finally, as the weather gets colder, students will get sick more easily. It is very important that students
are healthy enough to come to school each day. Please continue to remind students to wash their hands regularly to keep from getting sick. Thank
you for your support!

PreK students celebrate the holiday with a Thanksgiving feast


Ms. Douglas, Ms. Maciel and Ms. Wallis - Students will read about winter, plants and problem
solving. They will also practice counting 100 shapes, as well as addition and subtraction facts.
Students are getting ready to celebrate the 100th day of school. Please keep reading with your
child every night and don't forget to look at the daily homework charts. Please help your child
be independent by having your child practice zipping a coat, buttoning, tying shoes and
problem solving. Another way to help your child with independence is to give your child jobs to
do around the house.


Ms. Bierley, Ms. Clary and Ms. Smith - The students recently participated in a project where
they disguised a turkey to save it from being Thanksgiving dinner. The turkeys were very
creative, and the writing that the children did to go along with the project was terrific. Also,
the students showcased their math skills at the Math Rumble. All of the students did a great
job! On Wednesday, December 5th, the students will walk to the Highlandtown Train Garden.
Look for more information to be sent home soon. The students had an amazing time at Green
Meadows Farms! The 1st grade team would like to thank the HHA PTO for helping to sponsor
this trip. Have a safe and relaxing winter break. Come back ready to learn more in the year

GRADE 2 First grade students had a great time at
Green Meadows farm and disguising turkeys
Ms. Bonner, Ms. LaBella and Ms. Weber - Students had a fantastic time at the Family Heritage
Celebration Feast. The projects that the children created were amazing and the food and to save them from Thanksgiving dinner
company were wonderful. Thank you to the parents for bringing such delicious food! Also,
students showcased their math skills at the Math Rumble. All of the students did a great job!
In the coming weeks, the students will take a walking field trip to see the Highlandtown Train
Garden. Mrs. LaBella’s class will go on Wednesday, December 4th from 11:30-12 pm.
Mrs. Bonner’s class will go on Thursday, December 6th from 11:30-12 pm. Mrs. Weber’s class
will go on Wednesday, December 12th from 11:30-12 pm. The Zoomobile will visit students on
December 21st. Look for a permission slip for the trip to the Franklin Institute.



Reading – Ms. Kaplan: Students are embarking on lots of literary adventures in reading
class! Some students are reading about Wendy's adventures in space, while others are
reading about an inventor named Leonard. Please make sure your child is completing their
reading homework. While reading at home, consider reviewing, with your child, story
elements - plot, setting and main characters. Reading coach class is held every Tuesday
morning, from 7:30 - 8 am. Please reach out to Ms. Kaplan
at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Language/Social Studies – Ms. Sparwasser: Students will continue to work on writing clear
sentences and paragraphs. They will begin to study economics and prepare for an in-class
Market Day at the end of 2nd quarter. Students will have to plan how to use resources
provided in class to make a product to sell. Students will then have an opportunity to "sell"
their final product to classmates with a set amount of "money" provided to each student.
More details are coming! Additionally, look for a letter coming home from Ms. Sparwasser
about signing up to view your child's progress in language and social studies on Class Dojo!

Math - Ms. Knudsen: Students will review multiplication and division facts, solve
multiplication and division words problems and learn how to multiply and divide multi-digit
numbers. Please continue to review multiplication facts at home with your child.

2nd grade students learn about pollination
in Nature Exploration class


Reading – Ms. Schultz: Some students are reading
non-fiction articles about animal sciences, and others
are reading A Journey to Dawson. All students are
being pushed to answer high level comprehension
questions and respond to text in writing. Please reach
out to Ms. Schultz at [email protected] if you
have any questions or concerns about your child.

3rd grade Math Rumble Winners! Language/Social Studies – Ms. Costello: Students are
currently learning how to rewrite sentences that are
misleading, and are learning how to appropriately use
apostrophes to show ownership within a sentence. In
social studies, they just finished Unit 3 The Age of
Exploration. Students created comic strips showing the
journey of a notable explorer, their motive for traveling
and challenges that they faced along the way.

Math – Ms. Aldous: Students did an outstanding job showing their mastery of multiplication
facts during the Math Rumble. Currently, students are working on fractions, which include
simplifying, comparing, adding, and subtracting, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, and
multiplying fractions times whole numbers. Students will then move on to customary and
metric measurements.


Reading – Ms. Steinhardt: Students are currently analyzing the characterization and themes
embedded within texts read in class via creative projects. For example, while some students
have written creative narratives, others have created maps of what the world will look like and
the language that will be used in the future. Each day, please check your child's agenda to
ensure that you are aware of all homework assignments, upcoming events and/or upcoming
assessments. Each Friday, please check your child's grade report to ensure that you are aware
of your child's progress in reading. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Language/Science – Mr. Small: Students continue to work with different prefixes and suffixes 4th grade students created comic books
to change the meaning of root words. They are also learning root words that English has to show the journey of explorers
borrowed from Greek and Latin, such as aud, cred, vis, and dict. This month, they are looking


forward to distinguishing between fact and opinion and are eagerly waiting the
responses from some pen pals in Gran Canaria. They hope they will come in
this month. In science, students will learn about shadows, light, and the other
spheres of the earth besides the biosphere. Two classes are still conducting
ongoing investigations in photosynthesis and what producers need to get
nutrients. After the investigation, these two classes will examine how
consumers get needed nutrients.

Math – Ms. O’Connor: Students are doing division with decimals and whole
numbers. They have been practicing rounding and estimation in order to help
check answers. After division, students will move into the first module with
fractions. In this module, they will begin work adding and subtracting fractions.
Students continue to do a great job with fluency work in class. This is allowing
them to become even stronger math students.

GRADE 6 On the day before Thanksgiving, students conducted
a simulation of the human digestive system entitled
Humanities – Mr. Farber: Students in the Blue Jays class have just begun
reading Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech, and students in the Broncos and “Destroy a Tomato.”

Gophers classes have begun reading Romeo and Juliet, by William

Shakespeare. In February, students in all classes will write literary analysis essays about these books. Please ask your student to show you the short

story they finished in November. Everyone worked hard and did a fantastic job! Also, all students have begun working on their public speaking

assignment for 2nd quarter, which is called Our Deepest Fear. Please encourage students to practice their speech at home.

In social studies, students have started gathering sources for their National History Day projects, and will soon begin to work on their annotated

Math – Ms. Herrera: In Advanced Math, students are starting Unit 3 Expressions and Equations. They will learn the fundamentals of algebra, such
as variables, solving one-step equations and plotting equations on the coordinate plane. In Honors Math, students are starting Unit 3 Integers.
Students will extend number lines to include negatives and calculate absolute value and distance between points. They will also begin to work on
the coordinate plane with all four quadrants and how to reflect points over the axis

Science – Ms. Poole: Students have completed the first unit on physics, with a focus on light. Point to an object and ask your student how we see
the object. Students should be able to give detailed explanations on how light interacts with various objects and how light gives the world color.
They’ve also learned various “mind blowing” facts throughout the unit. Ask your student to share some of these with you. The next unit is life
science. In this unit, students will explore the question: Where have all the creatures gone?


Language Arts – Ms. Locke-Jones: Students are using the Library of Congress to find primary and secondary sources to help support their NHD
claim. They are also collaborating with their groups to create detailed analysis of their historical event.

Math – Mr. White: Students will learn to expand and factor linear expressions, write equivalent expressions by combining like terms and add and
subtract expressions. Students will also solve linear equations by applying the distributive property and combining like terms.

Science – Ms. Thomas: Students will continue to delve into physics concepts such as kinetic, gravitational, elastic, thermal and chemical energy. In
the unit, Why do some things stop while others keep going?, students will focus on learning about energy systems, how energy transfers and how
energy is conserved. A friendly reminder that students have a weekly Friday quiz and coach class is available.


Language Arts – Ms. Kosmer: In 2nd quarter, all students will work on their National History Day project. They have chosen their topic and are
creating citations and note cards. They have been researching and analyzing primary and secondary sources and are taking their oral exam the
week of December 1st. Students will write their unifying paragraph before Christmas break. During Christmas break, they will continue to research
and add note cards as well as begin to put their projects together.

Algebra 1 – Ms. Luthers: Students continue to work with functions. Students are applying that understanding to graphs and real-world situations.
This month, they will learn how to graph functions in different forms. Ask your student, “What is a domain restriction or asymptote?” and given the
following situation, “What is a reasonable domain and range and why?” "Jenny rides in an Uber. Uber charges $1 for the ride and $1.50 for every

Pre-Algebra – Ms. Luthers: Students continue to work with rigid transformations in geometry. In this learning, they are mastering work with
translations, reflections and rotations. Ask your student, “What rigid transformations exist in Fortnite?” and, “What makes a transformation rigid?”


Science – Mr. Cobb: Students are working to answer the question, "How Does
Food Provide My Body with Energy?" They are engaging in investigations about the
molecular nature of food, how organisms use food for energy and building blocks,
how plants produce food during photosynthesis, and how organisms use food
during cellular respiration. In the month of December, if a student needs extra
help, science coach class will be held Thursdays (12/6, 12/13 and 12/20) from
3 - 4 pm.


The first LGP deadline has been reached, and it was a huge success! In order to

reach LGP status, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA, an 80% positive behavior

score on Class Dojo, and complete at least two hours of community service. This is

a pretty rigorous standard. Our students rose to the challenge. 73% of middle

school students reached those levels in all three categories. What an amazing

group of students. Take a look at the chart below. These are our class averages.

On average, students carried a 3.4 GPA and contributed over nine hours of 8th grade students work on
community service. In addition, there are 50 students who earned a perfect 100% National History Day projects

positive behavior rating on Class Dojo which means that 19% of our middle school has perfect behavior scores. There are 48 students with perfect

4.0 GPAs. In the 1st quarter alone, our students completed more than 2,300 hours of community service.

Grade Leadership Scholarship Citizenship These outcomes are a direct result of the consistent effort put forth by our students and
6 95% positive 3.37 GPA 4.8 hours staff on a daily basis. The middle school at HHA includes an amazing group of people,
both kids and adults that work towards individual and collective success. Amazing
results are being produced!

H S F7 93% positive 3.44 GPA 8 hours

8 93% positive 3.43 GPA 14.5 hours The High School Fair will take place Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10 am -3 pm at the
Baltimore Convention Center. Breakfast will be provided at HHA at 9 am. A bus will be

available to transport 8th grade students and parents to and from the fair. The bus will leave school at 9:30 am and return around 12 pm. If you are
interested in joining us for breakfast and taking the bus, please return the permission slip that was sent home with students as soon as possible.
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about Baltimore City high schools.



Ms. Butcher: The winter art show is approaching quickly. PreK-8 Ms. Norris: In PreK and kindergarten, students have been playing
students are making beautiful works of art for the winter the game Put It Somewhere where they have to freeze when the
wonderland art exhibit. PreK and kindergarten students are learning music stops and then follow a direction to put a body part
about different holidays and completing 2-D and 3-D art work for "somewhere". There have been lots of elbows to tables and hands
the show, and grade 1 and 2 students are making holiday to walls! It's a great activity for learning the Laban movement
ornaments, trees and Kwanzaa mats to be on display as centerpieces theme of body awareness. It is fun to play this game at home.
for the show. Grade 3 and 4 students are making winter snowmen Grade 1 and 2 students have been learning a canon called Benji Met
perspective collages, and grade 5 and 6 students are working on the Bear. It's a song with an unusual scale and is a lot of fun to
winter snow scene paintings by the light of the moon. Grade 7 and 8 sing. Ask your child to sing it for you. Grade 3 and 4 students are
students are completing monochromatic winter landscape paintings. beginning to write music that they hear. Dictation is both fun and
challenging. See if your child can speak their rhythms to you. Grade
MUSIC LESSONS 5 and 6 students are doing research into composers. They are
picking their own composer and finding out information about their
Mr. Garner Students will continue to learn the fundamentals of life and the time in which they lived. Ask your student about their
sound and musicianship as well as music for an upcoming concert. composer. Grade 7 students are learning composition. They have
This month, they will participate in rehearsals, in addition to regular worked on writing variations to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and have
lessons, in preparation for the December Community Arts Night on started to compose their own original music. Ask them to play their
Thursday, December 20th. All band and orchestra students will composition for you! Grade 8 students are in the unit on the birth of
participate in this performance. Rock and Roll. They have looked at Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and
compared the travel of the blues to the movement of the Great
PROGRESS REPORTS SENT HOME Migration from the south to the north. Ask your child about
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21ST challenges that southern sharecroppers faced and how they used
music to express their emotions and change their lives.



Ms. Durkin: Students in PreK and kindergarten are learning story Ms. Donovan: Grade 1 – 8 students are participating in a lacrosse
elements (character, setting, conflict, beginning, middle, end) and unit. PreK and kindergarten students continue to focus on locomotor
will begin to rehearse their first play. Students in grades 1-8 are skills and moving safely among each other. Elementary grades are
writing original plays to submit to Center Stage's Young Playwright's focusing on basic skills and the middle school students practice both
Festival. Last year, Mrs. Bonner's class play Pluto Problems won the basic skills along with game and game-like activities.
festival and was performed by professional actors at Center Stage.
HHA can produce another winner this year!


Ms. Kannam: Grade PreK – 2 students enjoyed making their own books about traveling around the world and learning about animals in countries
like Australia and China. Grade 3 and 4 students were treated to meeting an author this month. They previewed his new book, and a few students
even received a free copy to take home. Grade 6-8 students are working during library time on their National History Day projects and individual
learning activities such as coding, math, creative writing and reading time. Please encourage your student to visit the library during the school day,
before school, and right after school to check out books any day of the week.


Ms. Demas: PreK and kindergarten students are tasting foods that begin with each letter of the alphabet, and grade 2 students are learning about
the food groups on USDA’s MyPlate. They have cooked and enjoyed foods in each group - oatmeal, broccoli stir fry, yogurt parfait, fresh fruit and
hummus. The hummus recipe is below so you can make it at home. Grade 4, 6 and 8 students have started inventing their own recipes for the HHA
cookbook. Grade 4 students are creating spice mixtures for popcorn, and grade 6 and 8 students are working on breakfast porridge recipes.

Hummus is a healthy snack or sandwich spread popular in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It’s made from chickpeas, small legumes that
are rich in protein, iron and fiber, and low-fat.

1 large can chickpeas (29 oz)
1 lemon, juiced
1 clove garlic, minced
½-1 tsp. salt
¼ cup tahini (sesame paste) *optional
¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley *optional
½ cup olive oil

1. Rinse the chickpeas in a colander in the sink. Place them in a food processor or blender.
2. Add the lemon juice, garlic, tahini, and salt to the food processor. Puree the mixture and slowly add the olive oil through the feed tube. Puree
until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
3. Remove hummus from the food processor and stir in the chopped parsley, if desired.
4. Serve as a dip with crackers, pretzels or fresh veggies (carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumber slices). You can also make a hummus sandwich with
pita bread or sandwich bread, along with lettuce, tomato, and other fillings of your choice (avocado, cheese, sprouts, etc.).

If you do not have a blender or food processor, you can mash the ingredients in a bowl with a masher or a fork. Try flavoring the hummus by
adding one of the following - chopped Kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, chipotle peppers or chipotle chili powder, cumin, roasted garlic or
anything else that suits your fancy.


Ms. Riorda: Students took part in multiple activities this month. They dissected
owl pellets, explored all types of weather, learned about the types of things birds
can pick up with their beak, studied pollination, created models of honey bees and
took a trip to a drinking water reservoir.

Students learned about our drinking water while JOIN US FOR THE SCHOOL FAMILY COUNCIL MEETING




Ms. Guitian and Ms. Burt: Have you noticed a Project Menu in your GAL student’s folder or
binder? Project menus are a wonderful way to provide gifted and advanced learners with challenging
options for classwork and homework. Typically the menus are a list of alternative, creative activities that
tie into topics being explored in class. If you notice your child coming home with one of the menus, ask
her/him to describe their choices, and if necessary, help to brainstorm ideas or find ways to obtain
inexpensive or recycled materials needed for one of the projects. The project menus all come with a
reference packet that explains the specifics of how something should be made. Students may be
motivated to work on some of the projects at home, but this is optional unless a teacher has assigned one
in place of regular homework. If you have any questions about project menus, please ask Mrs. Guitian or
the one of the classroom teachers.


Ms. Shaffer: December 2nd is National Special Education Day! Special Education Day marks the
anniversary of the nation’s first federal special education law- signed into law on December 2, 1975. This
year marks the 42nd anniversary of IDEA-Individuals with Disability Education Act. Since President Gerald
Ford signed the ground-breaking legislation, we have come a long way and now provide access to
education for all children, including children with disabilities.


An Emerging Scholar works Ms. Bailin, Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Hicks and Mr. LaBarr: PreK and kindergarten students are completing the
on an We Are a Family unit. Students learned about family members, food items, kitchen objects and actions
through the use of songs, books, writing and drawing. Ask your child what they like to do with your family
engineering challenge the most. Grade 1 students have started Unit 2 Here Comes the Animals! In this unit, students will learn

about animals. Parents please talk with your child about animals and the sounds they make. Grade 2 students have started Unit 2 Seed to

Sandwich. In this unit, they will learn how fruits and vegetables reach our tables. Grade 3 and 4 students are analyzing the emotions of the main

character of a story. They are finding that information by making inferences from the character's reaction to the events in the story. Grade 5

students are beginning a science-related unit that will focus on Earth's history and systems. Students will learn about Earth by reading fiction and

non-fiction texts, and identifying the main idea and details. Middle school students are making inferences to compare and contrast texts from

different cultures. They are also making connections between their own cultures and the ones they are reading about.


As a reminder, students will not be permitted to join clubs that meet on the same day.

COMMITTEE Emerging Scholars are doing an excellent job rising to the many
challenging activities in this program. Grade 2 students are designing
Students are continuing to their own playgrounds. They have begun to define area and
read articles and discuss major social justice issues in the country. perimeter, and consider how each will impact their designs. Grade 3
students have engaged in engineering challenges that reflect real life
Coming soon will be the first ever Diversity Club newsletter. The factors like natural forces and weight capacity Grade 4 students
next meeting will be December 5th from 3-4pm after school in room have studied the use of myths in history, as a foundation of the
310. Students are always welcomed and encouraged to join. exploration of space and astronomy. Each student created their own
myth, explaining a natural phenomenon of their choice.
Permission slips can be found in Ms. Luthers room (310).

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.


AUDUBON GREEN LEADERS Green Leaders hear the stories of how people are
impacted by climate change
The latest focus in Audubon Green Leaders has been ‘Storytelling, Culture &
Justice.’ After discussing the significance of oral tradition in indigenous
communities and how people are connected through storytelling, Green
Leaders created their own stories. Their stories were based on their
observations of wildlife in Patterson Park and potential climate change
impacts on wildlife. Green Leaders told their stories to the group as poems,
monologues and a rap. Students then “walked in someone else’s shoes” by
reading the stories of people around the world and doing an activity that
demonstrated how climate change affects people differently depending on
where they live and their circumstances. Students heard a story about a
young woman from the South Side of Chicago who spoke about how
communities of color are often disproportionately impacted by climate
change pollution and effects like toxins from coal fired power plants, rising
sea levels, floods, intense storms and more. Green Leaders discussed the
importance and power in the voices of these communities being heard. Part
of what Green Leaders strive for is creating a community where everyone is
valued and heard. To nurture this, they have started self-selected cultural
shares where students decide how they would like to share a part of their
culture with the group. Green Leaders have demonstrated profound levels
of compassion and respect and engage with each other in discussions to
gain deeper understandings of these topics.


The Hampstead Hill Builders Club was busy in November. The members planned a shopping trip to Target to purchase items for University of
Maryland Child Life Center. They will buy things to help spread holiday cheer to children spending time in the hospital. The students are also
planning the Ugly Sweater day for December 19th. Anyone can pay $1 to wear an ugly sweater and raise money for the Child Life Center. The last
December activity will be a trip to Future Care Nursing Home to make crafts and spend time with the residents. The Builders Club appreciates all of

the support they receive from HHA in their efforts to help the community!


The Elementary Soccer team had an outstanding season this year. In all of their games,
they showed exceptional teamwork, good sportsmanship, and a dedication to learning
about soccer and improving their skills. A huge thank you goes out to the parents and
friends who supported the players all season!

A huge shout-out to all of our volunteers who Elementary soccer players received soccer medals
helped our girls complete their practice 3- at the end of the season

mile run in Patterson Park! Our Girls on the Run
team rocked the End-of-the-Season 5k race on
12/2/18! Great job to Corbyn, Kenadi, London,
Lucy, Maddie, Mirabelle, Parker, Quinn, Sofia,

Teaghan, and Zoe!
Coach Reza and Coach Amanda



While walking around Highlandtown working on their Journey badge, HHA Girl
Scout Cadets met up with Delegate Brooke Lierman and
State Senator Bill Ferguson

A big thank you from HHA to Coaches Meagan Venezia- Students in STEAM Club continue to
Walerstein, Tina Luthers, Kirby Costello and Kelsey Schultz for participate in many fun and

the many hours they spent making this season a great challenging activities. Interest flyers
experience for the middle school boys and girls! for the next session of STEAM Club will

be sent home shortly. This is a great
opportunity for K-4 students to
engage with science, math,

engineering and technology outside of
their regular classrooms. Please email

Jen Burt at [email protected]
with any questions.

[email protected]



If you do not receive emails from Ms. Swann at Hampstead Hill
Academy, please e-mail her at [email protected]

Please send your first and last name, your child(ren)’s first and

last name and homeroom teacher’s name.

Please remind your
younger child when
he/she has a club

after school!

Girl Scout Brownies work together brainstorming ideas for
upcoming project



 33% of the school year is done
 59 of our 180 student days are completed
 There are approximately 84 school days left until our 3rd – 8th grade

students take the PARCC test in reading and math beginning
Wednesday, April 24th.


 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career for grades 3 to 8 - April 24 – May 31, 2019
 Report Cards – 2/5 (2nd Quarter), 4/11 (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 PARCC Look Like for Your Child?

Spend some time learning what is expected of your child by the Maryland State
Department of Education at



 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 at drop-off and pickup. This creates a dangerous situation and you could get a $252 ticket.
 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
into them.

A new Terrific Kids Program is coming to HHA for students in grades
1-5. Teachers and administrators have worked together to make Thank you so much to the parents and families that have supported
this a better program to service our students and teachers. Please this work and have attended the meetings. Before the next meeting,
look for information to be sent home and posted in the January several committee members will do research in an effort to develop
news magazine. programming. The next committee meeting will be announced
shortly. Please look out for more information about the Black
STRONG SCHOOLS MEETING History Family Academic Night in February.

The Strong Schools morning group will meet Monday,
December 10th as a part of the United Parents Meeting. United
Parents begin their meeting at 8 am and Strong Schools at 8:40 am.



Happy holiday season! As potential holiday stressors loom overhead, make sure you're taking care
of yourself! Baking healthy holiday treats with unsweetened applesauce or bananas can reduce
sugar and butter typically found in desserts. Try to manage any winter holiday stress by setting
realistic expectations and getting enough sleep. More information about holiday health and safety
can be found on the Center for Disease Control website
at For folks who currently eat or would like to eat school
breakfast, just a reminder that breakfast doors open at 7:40 am. Students leave the cafeteria at
8 am to walk to class.


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
November are:

Alvarez-Toribio, Citlalli Goldberg, Devin Ramirez-Urbina, Katherine
Armando, Jordi Hamilton, Theodore Ruano-Pavia, Kolter
Borowski, Evan Hernandez-Marquez, Melissa Simmers, Jackson
Carlton, Eri’Yonna Hernandez-Ramirez, Emily Tolentino, Daniel
Connolly, Hudson Joslin, Sofia Wilson, Laila
Fraser, Clayton Mpoko, Danielle Zhumi-Mendez, Javier
Garcia Alvarado, Helen Navas-Migueloa, Luis
Garcia-Perez, Anthony Ramirez-Cardosa, Larry




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 6th Grade Team for having the highest attendance average for November.

The students in this grade level will have a PTO sponsored pizza party.

November Attendance% Year Attendance%
Grade 95.65% Grade 97.08%
HHA average 97.19% HHA average 97.84%
Grade 6 96.74% Grade 6 97.63%
PreK 96.73% Grade 4
Grade 2 96.64% 97.42%
Grade 4 95.84% Grade 1 97.38%
Grade 5 95.36% Grade 5 97.34%
Grade 7 PreK 97.15%
95.21% Grade 2 96.99%
Grade 1 94.88% Grade 3 96.69%
Grade 3 94.25% Kindergarten 96.30%
Kindergarten 94.19% Grade 8 96.27%
Grade 8 Grade 7


Upcoming PTO Events Include:

Tutti Gusti Night - Thursday, 12/6 at 3-8 pm - 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 sales from 3 – 8 pm. The flyer at the end of the news magazine must be presented at the time of
purchase. Flyer attached.
PTO Meeting/PTO Parent Holiday Party - No meeting in December, please come to the parents' Happy Hour at the Grunwald Club on Friday,
December 14th at 6pm
Box Tops – Look for the Box Top form attached to the news magazine - participate in the December contest for your child and their classroom!
Harris Teeter (flyer attached) - consider attaching your VIC card to HHA. When you shop Harris Teeter brands, a percentage of your purchase is
donated to the school that your VIC card is linked to. There are NO LIMITS to how much a school can earn.
Drag Queen Bingo - Save the Date for 1/10/19
January Happy Hour - 1/18 6pm at Silk's 2641 Hudson Street


Current Balance: $20,769 November Expenses: Upcoming Revenue:
November Revenue:
$240 - Happy Hour Food $16,802 Bee Fit Online Donations Pending
$144 - Happy Hour 50/50 Raffle $91 - Attendance Pizza Party
$100 - Harris Teeter $78 - Storage Unit
$35 - Tutti Gusti Night $72 - Bank Charge for Bee Fit Deposits
$50 - Child Care during PTO meeting



Staff and students would like to say thank you to:

The HHA PTO: Bonnie Mattox, Adrienne Ekas-Mueting, Rachel Douglas, Shelbi Brookshire, Kerry
Lynaugh, Sally Kervin, Jill Morrison, Joanna Carlson, Beth Kemmery and Amanda Smith. Thank you to
LaVerne Gilmore, James Hanson, Shannon Cos, Sheila Chapple, Angela Kozlowski, Julie Gochar, Joe
Manfre, Martiza Dominquez, Erin Reed, Steven Cuellar, Eva Bazant and Cheryl Descipio for volunteering
at various activities at HHA!



 Southeast Anchor Library - located at 3601 Eastern Avenue; 410-396-1580,
 Friends of Patterson Park – located at 27 S. Patterson Park Avenue; 410-276-3676,
 Creative Alliance at the Patterson – located at 3134 Eastern Avenue, 410-276-1651,
 Patterson Park Audubon Center – located at 2901 E. Baltimore Street, 410-558-2473,
 Please check the back of the news magazine for additional event information!

Hampstead Hill Academy Feedback Form

School Year 2018-2019

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.


[Grab your reader’s attention with a great quote

Principal’s List – November, 2018

Adarkwah-Yiadom, Jaden Diaz-Lopez, Darwin Kavanagh, Meryn Ramirez, Lisander
Aguilar-Garcia, Maritza Dobbins, Gabriella Kemmery, Tyler Ramirez-Moran, Yostin
Alvarez-Blanca, Bryan Donahue, Benjamin Keola-Lee, Nasir Rivera, Marcus
Andersen, Sejr Elliot Dopkowski, Damazi Kim, Sophia Rivera-Orellano,
Anderson, Sasha Douglas, Ryan King, Aleana Emmanuel
Anderson, Camden Dziedzic, Ivy Kirby, Rafael Robinson, Payton
Anderson, Quinn Edwards, Sophie Knorovsky, Kamryn Rodriguez, Nevaeh
Andino Urbina, Diego Fawcett, Helena Koonce, Chloe Rogers, Quinn
Arias Mendoza, Judith Ferguson, Caleb Lamp, Danielle Rogers, Teaghan
Arias-Mendoza, Sandra Filippou, Elisavet Leverett, Terry Roldan-Sanchez, Elvin
Bailey, Addison Fogleman, Annabel Lin, Nancy Rosa, April
Baker, Henry Forame, Sadie Locklear, Aiden Rosa, Cecilia
Baloh, Lucy Fraser, Julianna Madrigal-Galindo, Bryan Salto, Kayla
Baten-Rios, Ashly Fraser, Gavin Mattox, Evan Sanders, Colin
Baten-Rios, Lesli Gahagan, Fiona Mccartney, Quinn Santos-Marin, Nicholas
Beaudry, Andrew Ganzel, Jenna Mcfadden, Nevaeh Schellenbach, Parker
Bradford, Karmen Garcia-Perez, Anthony Mcfadden, Harmony Schiffer, Quinn
Burger, Calvin Garry, Tobias Misewich, Tyler Schroeder, Ian
Burger, Henry Garry, Mirabelle Miskimon, Layla Schutz, Annabel
Bussey, Joseph Gochar, Charlie Mittenthal, Mae Scott, Isaiyah
Cabeza, Evanna Gonzalez-Hernandez, Molina, Sophia Shah, Bria
Canales-Sanchez, Dominic Daniela Morales Mejia, Josue Shroyer, Emily
Candia-Garcia, Julian Gorham, Grace Morris, Jack Sierra-Levin, Henry
Cannizzaro, Treme' Gover, Hailee Morris, William Simms, Nathaniel
Cannizzaro, Aria Guambano-Calle, Morrison, Tessa Simon, Wallace
Cano Martinez, Ashley Christopher Mosier, Douglas Smith, Corbyn
Cano-Leon, Danny Guarnaccia, Ava Moyers Guitian, Emily Smith, Daelan
Canoles, Harper Gursel, Zehra Munoz, Andy Soto, Erick
Cappolla, Spencer Haggard, Bridget Naasz, Zoe Stewart, Olivia
Cardillo, Gianella Hall, Brendan Navas-Migueloa, Luis Sweets, Mekhi
Carpenter, Wyatt Hampton-Glunde, Julius Neponuceno-Moran, Teresi, John
Cole, Danielle Hanson, Bryant Kevin Townshend, Carter
Collier, Grace Harper, Heaven Nicholson, Cameron Victoriano, Madelyn
Connolly, Hudson Harris, London Nicholson, Kyle Vicuna-Villalba, Angel
Cornejo, Diana Hernandez, Edna Nieves, Mateo Watnoski, Olivia
Corro-Cruz, Edgar Hernandez-Cielo, Troy Norris, Isaac Webster, Zane
Cos, Logan Hernandez-Ramirez, Emily Nunez-Cabrera, Allison Wilson, Lailani
Couteau, Cecilia Hines, Bentley Orlaskey, Parker Wycall, Andrew
Cruz-Juan, Melvin Hines, Parker Pappas, Eric Wycall, William
Cuellar, Penelope Holcolmb, Urijah Parr, Ellia Zamora-Rojas, Edgar
Dach, Hudson Houser, John Portillo-Santos, Emely Zaragoza-Caballero, Paola
Daimoucha, Assia Huerta-Machuca, Hudson Powell, Keller Zaragoza-Cardoso, Noemi
Daniels, Archer Huggins, Dawn Price Ojagh, Herbert Zelic, Una
Davis, Trinity Hunt, Liam Prioleau, Aerin Zheng, Andrea
Davis, Elijah Joda, Malak Prioleau, Paul Zhumi-Medina, Karla
Deleon, Alex Johnson, Zoey Purkey, Cassie Zivic, Jackson
Destromp, Rex Joslin, Sofia Quinteros, Kimberly Zuniga-Gallegos, Yaneli
Di Seta, Oscar Juvencio-Gaspar, Karen Ramirez, Nevaeh

Honor Roll – November, 2018

Acevedo Quezada, Regina Gonzalez-Serrano, Joselyn Prioleau, Kendall
Aguilar-Garcia, Dara Gordon, Kameron Randolph, Najee
Aguilar-Oyorzabal, Neyria Gossage, Alyssa Rimzan, Zahraa
Aguilar-Reyes, Claudio Greenwood, Lincoln Rosa, Tlaoc
Aguirre-Zepeda, Meison Griffin, Adrian Rosas, Brandon
Anderson, Shawn Guzman-Rios, Hannette Roycroft, Ana
Avila-Larios, Sergio Guzman-Zavala, Yamile Sanchez, Bryan
Bautista-Gomez, Charlie Hamilton, Theodore Sanders, Gabriel
Beckham, Patrick Helmick, Jordin Santos-Marin, Sarai
Bethea, Alex Hernandez, Emely Simmers, Joshua
Bolanos-Buezo, Fernando Hernandez-Palacios, Norma Smith-Imperatore, Riley
Borowski, Evan Hernandez-Ramirez, Ivan Soto, Monserratt
Brown, Angel Herndon, Marley Sounakhen, Christopher
Bush, Robert-Emmett Herndon, Terrance Spencer, Taylor
Candia Garcia, Jazmin Huerta-Machuca, Gustavo Sullivan, Olivia
Cano-Candia, Almadelia Johnson, Kamoir Tanner, Kaitlyn
Carlton, Eri'yonna Jozefiak, Michael Tilghman, Kenadi
Carranza-Garcia, Olivia Juknevicius, Gus Tlapanco-Domininguez, Guadalupe
Casimiro, Henry Kozlowski, Zachary Tolentino, Daniel
Castillo-Vargas, Julyabby Kozlowski, Marcus Turowski, Jacob
Castro-Quintanilla, Ana Lewis, Harlow Wahl, Zoe
Cerritos-Garcia, Justin Maddox, Naima Warren, Anala
Cielo-Medina, Ian Mateos-Davila, Ingrid Wilson, Laila
Clark, Branon Mccutchen-Shabazz, Taj Woolery, Emily
Colin-Gonzalez, Melissa Mcdowell, Olivia Xolalpa-Torres, Angel
Colin-Gonzalez, Octavio Mejia-Candia, Yaritza Yupa-Cuzco, Wesley
Colon, Gabriel Mendez-Sanchez, Christopher Zhumi-Mendez, Javier
Cos, Matison Miller, Joaquin Zornes, James
Coven, Giuliana Morales De Leon, Lester Zvonarev, German
Cruz, Ramiro Moran, Gael
Cruz-Gonzalez, Brian Morris, Bria
Dagistan, Ava Mpoko , Danielle
Davila-Bernal, Ronnel Narouz-Hanna, Grace
De Leon, Randy Navas-Migueloa, Soledad
De Leon, Delander Neponuceno-Moran, Henry
De Los Santos-Solano, Eliseo Neponuceno-Moran, Maria
Dominguez, Emmanuel Orellana-Gasper, Kimberly
Dziedzic, Kipling Palmer, Fiona
Edwards, Viola Park, Sophia
Fagoaga-Zaraut, Stephanie Payne, Jayden
Flores, Daniel Pelter, Reagan
Franco, Madisson Perez, Luis
Fraser, Frances Phillips, Kayla
Gardner, Catherine Pinedo-Aza, Angelo
Gonzaga, Genesis Powell, Jackson
Gonzalez, Yaretzi Prince, Jameson

TUES. 12/4/2018 HHA has a team of parents and staff attending
6 - 7 PM and would love for more interested parents
to join us. We can carpool. Please RSVP to Jill
ACCE HIGH SCHOOL Vasbinder Morrison 443-742-9371 or
1300 W. 36TH ST, 21211 [email protected]


5:45 PM






Join BUILD, our principal leaders from ACCE, Ben Franklin High School, City College, City Springs
Elementary, Coppin Academy, Hampstead Hill Academy, and Patterson Park Public Charter,
Dr. Santelises and Delegate Maggie McIntosh.

Hear from Principals: what is at stake for their students and why they are
committed to fighting for Kirwan related legislation.
Learn from Delegate McIntosh what to expect during the legislative session.
Commit to fighting together for our children.

Please RSVP to your institution’s primary BUILD leader/organizer or
to Elizabeth Reichelt at [email protected], 410-790-5301

The Gertrude S. Williams Speaker Series Presents



Money and the Search for Equity

and Excellence in Public Education

An examination of previous efforts at school funding reform, a discussion about the Kirwan
recommendations and their chances for success, and an update on how people concerned about

public school funding can let their voices be heard.


Alvin Thornton, Ph.D.
Chair Emeritus, Howard University Political Mary Washington, Ph.D.

Science Department & Chair of Commission on Senator Elect, Maryland 43rd District
Education Finance, Equity and Excellence


Matthew Hornbeck Bebe Verdery

Principal, Hampstead Hill Academy Education Director,

ACLU of Maryland

December 5, 2018

The 29th Street Community Center
300 E29th Street | 7-8:30pm

(doors open at 6:30pm)

OR 443-213-0394

What can be better
than an ugly sweater?

1Pay just $

To walk the halls wearing the
ugliest sweater of them all!

Wednesday, December 19th

Students may wear a sweater, sweatshirt or t-shirt .
Uniform pants or skirt must be worn.

The Child Life Center

Please help children get better by wearing a sweater!!

HHA FAMILY THEATRE EVENT: P​ inkalicious: The Musical

SUNDAY, December 9, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m. at CENTER STAGE

700 N. Calvert St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Join fellow HHA families for a performance of the musical based on the beloved children’s
book and TV show, ​Pinkalicious​!

In ​Pinkalicious The Musical​, Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her
parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her
pink from head to toe—a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too
far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.
Recommended for ages 2 to 7. Approximate runtime is one hour.
Tickets $20 each. ​*Children 2 years old and under are FREE with a full price purchase. Please reserve a "Lap"
ticket for each child. ​Cost assistance may be available; just contact Ms. Durkin!
Learn more about the production at: h​ ttps://

or e-mail coordinator Ms. Durkin at ​[email protected]

To participate:
1. Return the Ticket Request Form on the back with C​ ASH ONLY to the Main Office ASAP.

Tickets are first-come first-serve, so reserve fast!
2. Ms. Durkin will e-mail you to confirm your tickets and arrange ticket delivery.
3. Plan how you will get to Center Stage and (if necessary) where you will park.
4. Plan to arrive by 10:30 a.m. on 12/9 for the 11 a.m. show. It is polite theatre etiquette to be

seated 15 minutes before the show begins.


Sunday 12/9--10:30 a.m.

Your Name:_______________________________________ # of tickets Requested:_______($20 each)
Student Name:____________________________________Student Homeroom:___________________
E-mail for confirmation:__________________________________Phone #:____________________________
Any notes or questions?_____________________________________________________________________

If you are able, consider donating any additional amount (even $1!)
to help extend this opportunity to more families.

Be sure to save Ms. Durkin’s contact information in case you need to reach her:
[email protected]/(301)651-7103.

For Office Use:

Date and Time Received__________________________
Amount Paid_______________
Received By_______________________________________
Please provide a copy of this form as a receipt and place this original in Ms. Durkin’s mailbox.

Thursday, December 6th
from 3-8 pm

Special thanks to Molly Burger and
Beth Kemmery and the families that helped

plant new trees around the school

HHA PTO Box Tops Update

December Box Tops October Collection Update
 Congratulations to Ms. O’Con-
 Turn in a sheet of 25 nor’s 5th grade homeroom who
box tops and win a collected the most box tops in
prize October and won a donut party
for their class.
 The class that col-
lects the most box  Congratulations to William Mor-
tops gets the travel- ris for collecting the most box
ing trophy and a tops for the month of October
class party (must
collect 100 box tops  Congratulations to the following
minimum) students who collected 25 or
more box tops and won a prize.
 Box Tops are due Clare Ritter
January 2 Liam Hunt
Heaven Fernandes
Henry Burger

Where to find Box Tops More Ways to Earn

 Papermate Products Download the Bonus Box Tops app on your
 Reynolds Wrap phone so you can scan receipts and earn bo-
 Cheerios nus box tops for HHA.
 ZipLoc Products
 Lysol Wipes Check often for new sweepstakes at
 Hamburger Helper
 Yoplait Gogurt sweepstakes
 Hefty Products
 Annie’s Products

Bundle up

Thank you for helping! Clipped Box Tops are each worth 10¢ for your child’s school.
Bonus certificates should not be attached to this sheet – please submit them separately
To see more ways to earn cash for your child’s school, go to

p with box tops


©General Mills


December 2018

With the Patterson Park Audubon Center
To participate, please RSVP at 410-558-2473 or

[email protected]

Saturday, December 1st, 9:00-10:30 AM
All ages welcome! ∙ Free!
Meet at the wetland garden, uphill & northwest of
the boat lake in Patterson Park.
Build bird habitat in Audubon’s native plant
gardens in Patterson Park!
We need volunteers to make sure they remain
healthy habitats for the park’s birds and
butterflies. Weed, mulch, and/or plant while
spending a relaxing morning outdoors with
friends, family, and Audubon. We’re happy to sign
community service hours for helpful students. For
directions or questions: [email protected]
or 410.558.2473.

AUDUBON’S TINY TOTS IN PATTERSON PARK That’s a wrap! Last week marked the end of Audubon field trips to Patterson

Friday, December 14th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM Park. Every student in Pre-K through 5 at HHA investigated the habitats of
Meet at the picnic tables on the northeastern Patterson Park through curriculum-based activities, studying the connections
shore of the Boat Lake
Animal Tracks! between our urban park and the larger landscape.

Ages: 2-5 ∙ $5 suggested donation per child, with Audubon would like to thank parents who served as enthusiastic chaperones and
an adult role models! We look forward to seeing you again in 2019!
Tiny Tots is an early childhood environmental

education program where kids make a craft, play a

game, and read a story around a nature theme.

Join Audubon to discover Patterson Park as an AUDUBON’S ALL-AGES BIRD WATCHING WALKS
outdoor classroom. Please register in advance: Saturday, December 8th in Druid Hill Park, 8:00 – 9:30 AM
[email protected] or 410.558.2473. Meet at 3001 East Drive

VOLUNTEER WITH AUDUBON! Saturday, December 15th in Patterson Park, 8:00 – 9:30 AM
Ready to see the park through the Audubon lens? Eager to learn Meet at the fountain, closest to E. Lombard St. and S. Patterson
new skills while helping birds and Baltimore? As the school year Park Ave.
approaches, Audubon is seeking energetic volunteers to assist in our All ages and abilities welcome! ∙ Free!
outdoor “classroom.” Over 200 bird species have visited Patterson Park, an important
Email for details: [email protected] migratory stopover in Baltimore City! Audubon experts will lead us
in search of avian friends! Bring the whole family! No experience

necessary. If you would like to borrow binoculars, drop us an email –

we have plenty to share! There is no need to RSVP for this event,

just arrive ready to explore! To borrow binoculars:

[email protected] or 410.558.2473.

Children's and Teen Program for October at the Patterson
Park Pratt Free Library
158 North Linwood Avenue

 Teen Lounge: Monday-Thursday 3-4pm all school year!
 Deck the Halls: December 3, 2018 at 3:30pm - Join us in

decorating the library and make ornaments to take home
 Arts and A Snack: December 3, 2018 at 4:30pm
 Peabody at the Library: December 6, 2018 at 6pm- an

informal classical music concert put on by students of the
Peabody Conservatory
 Amazon STEM - K-Nex: December 12, 2018 at 3:30pm -
Come build roller-coasters
 Ugly Sweater: December 17, 2018 at 4:30pm - Come out
and make the ugliest sweater you can imagine
 #Popscope Public Astronomy Night: December 20, 2018
at 6:30pm- Join us for a night following the stars


adults of all ages MUST SEE the

celebrates its 10th year in the fire station
(Engine House # 41) at 520 South Conkling
Street across from the Southeast Anchor
Library. It will be open from 11 am to 5 pm on
the following days: November 24 and 25,
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 through January 1
except Christmas Day. For the 10th year, there
are two new greatly expanded displays –
Patterson Park and Highlandtown. The Train
Garden is open to the public and is free. For

more updated information, visit or check

out their Facebook page.


in December

Preschool Storytime Tuesdays, 4 p.m.
Baby & Toddler Storytime Fridays, 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Zumbini with Miss Lisa Mondays, 4:30 p.m.
Playdate at the Library Tuesday, December 4, 11 a.m.

Pajama Storytime Thursday, December 13, 6:30 p.m.
Family STEM: Build It Saturday, December 15, 2 p.m.

Un Petit Conte Tuesday, December 18, 10:30 a.m.
Canton Crafternoon Thursday, December 20, 4 p.m.

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Children’s Department Pratt libraries are made possible by the generous
support of donors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
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A Christmas Carol

A solo performance of Dickens’ classic holiday tale.

This one-man play is based on the condensed version Dickens himself used on his
historic reading tours of the United States and is adapted here to offer a unique
theatrical experience. One actor, one hour! The show is rated G, suitable for adults
and children over ten (10) years of age.

Presented by the North Shore Theater Group. Adapted & performed by

Greg Oliver Bodine, directed by Shana Solomon. Provided by the Friends of the
Canton Library. Performance at Church on the Square.

Friday, December 14 7 p.m.

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libraries are made possible by the generous support of
1030 South Ellwood Avenue
donors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

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Baltimore Children’s Choir

Hear holiday classics from around the
world as performed by the
Baltimore Children’s Choir.

Thursday, December 20 5 p.m.

Canton Branch The free educational and cultural programs at Pratt
libraries are made possible by the generous support of
1030 South Ellwood Avenue
donors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

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Celebrate #atthepratt
K wa n za a

Charles Dugger presents the
principles of Kwanzaa.

Central Library Orleans Street Branch
African American Department
Friday, December 28, 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19, 6:00 p.m.
Patterson Park Branch
Cherry Hill Branch
Thursday, December 27, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 18, 4:00 p.m.
Pennsylvania Avenue Branch
Clifton Branch
Thursday, December 6, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 26, 3:00 p.m.
Reisterstown Road Branch
Forest Park Branch
Monday, December 17, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, 2:00 p.m.
Southeast Anchor Library
Hamilton Branch
Thursday, December 20, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11, 3:30 p.m.
Walbrook Branch
Herring Run Branch
Thursday, December 27, 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 20, 2 p.m.
Washington Village Branch
Light Street Branch
Monday, December 10, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4, 11:00 a.m.
Waverly Branch
Northwood Branch
Saturday, December 22, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 13, 6:00 p.m.
learn more

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KWANZAA is an African American harvest festival which was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga. In 1966, the
Urban Survival organization (US) in Los Angeles held the first KWANZAA celebration. KWANZAA is a time
for being together with the family and community, celebrating Black Heritage, and re-dedicating oneself
to greater achievements. The holiday is celebrated for seven days from December 26 to January 1. During
this time, seven candles are progressively lit and a KWANZAA principle is highlighted each day. The seven
principles are:

UMOJA (unity)– strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination)– define, name, and speak for ourselves instead of being
defined and spoken for by others.

UJIMA (collective work and responsibility)– build and maintain our community together and
make the problems of our brothers and sisters our own and work to solve them together.

UJAMAA (cooperative economics)– build and maintain our stores, shops, and other
businesses and profit together from them.

NIA (purpose)– have as our collective vocation the building and developing of our
community to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

KUUMBA (creativity)– do always as much as we can in the way we can to leave our
community more beautiful and beneficial than when we inherited it.

IMANI (faith)– believe with all our hearts in our parents, teachers, leaders, and people in the
righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Each day during the holiday, people greet each other with the Swahili phrase “Habari gani?”, which means
“what’s happening?” The answer on December 26 is Umoja, the first principle; the next day, the answer is
Kujichagulia, the second principle; and so on.

The celebration of KWANZAA can be either a small family gathering or a large community program. Any
celebration should include a table display of the KWANZAA symbols: a straw mat on which are placed
fruits and vegetables, a candle holder with seven candles in it, ears of corn, and the unity cup. In the candle
holder there should be three red candles on the left, three green candles on the right, and a black candle
in the middle. Decorations using the colors of the unity flag (red, black, and green), African clothing, and
African food help make the celebration more festive. A simple celebration could consist of lighting the
candles for the day, explaining and discussing the principles of the day, and sharing an activity like reciting
and hearing poetry, reading stories, or singing songs.

Remember: While some African countries have harvest festivals, there is no festival exactly like KWANZAA
in Africa. The name KWANZAA is taken from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first
fruits.” KWANZAA is not a religious holiday or an alternative to Christmas. Feel free to celebrate it in your
own way, remembering only to commit yourself to the seven principles, for these are the most important
elements of KWANZAA.

(Information gathered from the pamphlet KWANZAA: Origin, Concepts, Practice, by Maulana Karenga)

December . 2018 .

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Saturdays at the Cinema

The Perfect Holiday

Saturday, December 1
11 a.m.

Dr. Seuss’
How the Grinch
Stole Christmas

Saturday, December 8
11 a.m.

The Polar Express

Saturday, December 15
11 a.m.

A Christmas Story

Saturday, December 22
11 a.m.

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libraries are made possible by the generous contributions of
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donors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Elementary & Mi

December Traditional Breakfas

Monday Tuesday Wednesday 6

3 Oatmeal Breakfast 4 Turkey Sausage 5 Peach & Raspberry
Bun Breakfast Pizza Yogurt

Assorted Cold Cereal Assorted Cold Cereal Crunchy Granola
Graham Crackers Graham Crackers Clusters
Ginger Gold Apple Black Plum
Black Plum Pear Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers

10 Pancake 11 Turkey Sausage 12 Cinnamon Raisin 13
Chicken Sausage Breakfast Pizza Bagel
Assorted Cold Cereal Plain Bagel
Assorted Cold Cereal Graham Crackers Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers Black Plum
Black Plum Graham Crackers
Ginger Gold Apple Banana

Black Plum

17 Oatmeal Breakfast 18 Turkey Sausage 19 Peach & Raspberry 20
Bun Breakfast Pizza Yogurt 27

Assorted Cold Cereal Assorted Cold Cereal Crunchy Granola
Graham Crackers Graham Crackers Clusters
Ginger Gold Apple Black Plum
Black Plum Pear Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers
24 Winter Break 25 Winter Break Banana

26 Winter Break

Schools Closed Schools Closed Schools Closed

31 Winter Break This institution is an equal op
Schools Closed

iddle 2018 Options Available
Daily at Breakfast:
st Menu Friday
Cold Cereal
Thursday 7 Cinnamon Glazed Options-
French Toast
Chicken Sausage & Apple Cinnamon
Egg Breakfast Assorted Cold Cereal Cheerios, Multi-Grain
Sandwich Graham Crackers
Cheerios, Original
Assorted Cold Cereal Assorted Fresh Fruit Cheerios, Cinnamon
Graham Crackers
Banana Toast Crunch,
Ginger Gold Apple Golden Grahams,

Hard Boiled Egg 14 Strawberry Banana Honey Kix
Buttered Toast Yogurt
Assorted Cold Cereal 1% White Milk, Fat
Graham Crackers Blueberry Muffin Free White Milk
Assorted Cold Cereal
Banana Menu subject to
Ginger Gold Apple Graham Crackers change
Assorted Fresh Fruit
Chicken Sausage & 21 Cinnamon Glazed
Egg Breakfast French Toast Daily Available Breakfast Nutritionals
Assorted Cold Cereal
Assorted Cold Cereal Graham Crackers
Graham Crackers
Banana Assorted Fresh Fruit
Ginger Gold Apple

Winter Break 28 Winter Break
Schools Closed Schools Closed

Breakfast Condiments

pportunity provider.

1% White Milk, Fat Free
White Milk and
sometimes Fat Free
Chocolate Milk and Fat
Free Strawberry Milk

December 2018 HHA Activities

Monday, December 3, 2018 503 Coach Class Friday, December 7, 2018 LGP COMMUNITY CIRCLE
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Dance Committee  8am - 9am Drama Club Nutcracker
 2:40pm - 3:30pm ESOL Homework Club  9am – 1pm Fun Friday
 2:40pm - 3:10pm Musical Rehearsal  1:45pm - 2:45pm Coach Class Herrera
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Chess  2:40pm - 4pm Musical Rehearsal
 2:45pm - 4:30pm Audubon  2:40pm - 4:30pm LGP Student Committee
 2:45pm - 4:30pm Coach Class Poole  2:45pm - 3:30pm
 2:50pm - 3:30pm Gr 2 Emerging Scholars
 2:50pm - 4:20pm Saturday, December 8, 2018
 10am - 12pm
Gym Basketball

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Coach Class Kaplan Sunday, December 9, 2018
 7:30am - 8am English Class Sign up  Pinkalicious at Center Stage
 8am - 9am LaBella Train Garden Trip
 11:30am - 12pm 501&502 Coach Class Monday, December 10, 2018 Padres Unidos/Strong
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Debate  8am - 9am Schools
 2:40pm - 3:45pm Green Leaders 503 Coach Class
 2:40pm - 5pm Basketball  2:40pm - 3:30pm Dance Committee
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Jr. Girl Scouts  2:40pm - 3:30pm ESOL Homework Club
 2:40pm - 4pm Lego WeDo  2:40pm - 3:10pm Musical Rehearsal
 2:40pm - 4pm Shakespeare Club  2:40pm - 4:30pm Chess
 2:40pm - 3:45pm Gr 3 Emerging Scholars  2:45pm - 4:30pm Coach Class Poole
 2:50pm - 4:20pm Builders Club Shopping  2:50pm - 3:30pm Gr 2 Emerging Scholars
 3pm - 4pm Trip to Target  2:50pm - 4:20pm Brownies
 4:45pm - 6pm

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Coach Class Costello Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Kaplan Coach Class
 7:15am - 7:45am Coach Class Sparwasser  7:30am - 8am 501&502 Coach Class
 7:15am - 7:50am Smith Train Garden Trip  2:40pm - 3:30pm Builders Club at Future
 11:30am - 12:30pm Bierley Train Garden Trip  2:40pm - 4:15pm Care
 12pm - 1pm Clary Train Garden Trip Basketball
 12:30pm - 1:30pm Gr 4 Emerging Scholars  2:40pm - 4:30pm Shakespeare Club
 2:40pm - 4:20pm Musical Rehearsal  2:40pm - 3:45pm Gr 3 Emerging Scholars
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Open Doors  2:50pm - 4:20pm
 2:40pm - 4pm Coach Class Small
 2:45pm - 3:45pm Diversity Club Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Coach Class Costello
 2:45pm - 4pm  7:15am - 7:45am Coach Class Sparwasser
 7:15am - 7:50am Douglas Train Garden Trip
Thursday, December 6, 2018 Coach Class Schultz  9am - 9:30am Wallis Train Garden Trip
 7:30am - 8am Bonner Train Garden Trip  9:30am - 10am Maciel Train Garden Trip
 11:30am - 12:30pm Coach Class Farber  10am - 10:30am Gr 4 Emerging Scholars
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Coach Class O'Connor  2:40pm - 4:20pm Musical Rehearsal
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Culinary Arts Club  2:40pm - 4:30pm Coach Class Small
 2:40pm - 4pm Basketball  2:45pm - 3:45pm
 2:40pm - 4:30pm STEAM Club
 2:40pm - 4pm Spanish Club
 2:50pm - 3:50pm PTO Tutti Gusti Night
 3pm - 8pm Choosing HHA Middle
 5pm - 6pm School for Your Child

Thursday, December 13, 2018 Coach Class Schultz Thursday, December 20, 2018 Coach Class Schultz
 7:30am - 8am Grade 4 Field Trip Center  7:30am - 8am Coach Class Farber
 9:40am - 1:15pm Stage  2:40pm - 3:30pm Coach Class O'Connor
Klenk Train Garden  2:40pm - 3:30pm Culinary Arts Club
 10am - 11am Kaminaris Train Garden  2:40pm - 7pm Basketball
 10:30am - 11:30am Coach Class Farber  2:40pm - 4:30pm Spanish Club
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Coach Class O'Connor  2:50pm - 3:50pm Community Arts Night
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Culinary Arts Club  5:30pm - 7pm
 2:40pm - 4pm Gym Basketball
 2:40pm - 4:30pm STEAM Club Friday, December 21, 2018
 2:40pm - 4pm Spanish Club
 2:50pm - 3:50pm  Out of Uniform Day - Middle School

 Progress Reports Sent Home

 8am – 9 am LGP Circle

Friday, December 14, 2018  1:45pm - 2:45pm Fun Friday
 Purple Friday
 8am - 9am LGP COMMUNITY CIRCLE Monday, December 24th to Tuesday, January 1st
 10:10am Severe Weather Drill School Closed for Winter Break
 2:40pm-4pm Coach Class Herrera
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Musical Rehearsal School Reopens Wednesday, January 2nd
 2:45pm - 3:30pm LGP Student Committee
 6pm PTO Parent Holiday Party
Grunwald Club

Saturday, December 15, 2018 Gym Basketball
 10am - 12pm

Monday, December 17, 2018 503 Coach Class
 2:40pm - 3:30pm 503 Dance Committee
 2:40pm - 3:30pm ESOL Homework Club
 2:40pm - 3:10pm Chess
 2:45pm - 4:30pm Coach Class Poole
 2:50pm - 3:30pm Gr 2 Emerging Scholars
 2:50pm - 4:20pm

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Coach Class Kaplan
 7:30am - 8am Latino Support Group
 8am - 10am Nutcracker Grs 2-8
 10:30am - 1:30pm 501&502 Coach Class
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Green Leaders
 2:40pm - 5pm Basketball
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Jr. Girl Scouts
 2:40pm - 4pm Shakespeare Club
 2:40pm - 3:45pm Gr 3 Emerging Scholars
 2:50pm - 4:20pm

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Coach Class Costello The Green Team at HHA is responsible for collecting all
 Ugly Sweater Day Coach Class Sparwasser the school recycling. Currently, every classroom and
 7:15am - 7:45am Gr 4 Emerging Scholars office space in the school recycles paper. Students and
 7:15am - 7:50am Open Doors
 2:40pm - 4:20pm Coach Class Small staff are diligent about separating their trash from the
 2:40pm - 4pm Diversity Club recyclables. This spring we hope to step up our efforts in
 2:45pm - 3:45pm School Family Council
 2:45pm - 4pm the cafeteria.
 3pm - 4pm Wellness Committee
Meeting SSM Meeting
 3pm - 3:45pm
 4pm - 5pm

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