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November 2019 HHA Parent News Magazine

November 2019 HHA Parent News Magazine





Welcome to Hampstead Hill Academy!

Principal Matt Hornbeck Note from Principal Hornbeck

Please stand up for public schools in Baltimore and Maryland. Please show your
support for fully funding the Kirwan Commission recommendations. You can
persuade friends and family who live in the County that all Marylanders need and
deserve the very best public schools. Ask them to contact their legislators in support
of Kirwan. Quality public education attracts families, businesses, jobs and improves
the quality of life for everyone. The City and Counties need to work together to make
this happen. Kirwan means competitive pay for the best teachers around the state,
high demand skills and certifications in high school, prekindergarten for everyone and
a lot more. Educate yourself at and share
your thoughts online.

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 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- 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

Magazine contributors:
HHA staff

Club coordinators
Community Organizations



 11/4, Early Dismissal 12:35 pm What’s Inside…
 11/4, Parent Teacher Conferences 12:55 – 2:35 pm
 11/6, High School Parent Meeting 5:30 pm Top News Stories page 3
 11/7, PTO Tutti Gusti Night 3 pm
 11/7, Community Arts Night 5:30 pm  Current HHA information along with
 11/8, LGP Recognition Ceremony 8:10 am upcoming events
 11/11, Individual Picture Day
 11/11, Afterschool Snack Sale News from the Teams page 5
 11/11, Chat With Matt 5:30 pm
 11/11, PTO Meeting 6 pm  What your child is doing in class along
 11/13, Dress in Red, White or Blue $1 with resource, enrichment and ESOL
 11/14, Report Cards Sent Home information
 11/14, Strong Schools Meeting 3:15 pm
 11/15, Purple Friday Club/Activities News page 11
 11/15, PTO Happy Hour 6 pm
 11/18, PTO Panera Night 5 pm  Updates and announcements for the
 11/19, Open House 8:20 am many clubs offered at HHA
 11/19, Conexiones Latinas 8 am
 11/20, School Family Council Meeting 3 pm Family Information page 13
 11/20, Parent Meeting Sexual Health
 11/20, Family Academic Night 5:30 pm  Issues important to our parents on a
 11/22, Hippodrome Family Night variety of subjects
 11/26, Middle School Out of Uniform Day
 11/27, 11/28, 11/29, School Closed PTO News page 17

 News from the Parent/Teacher
Organization at HHA

Let Us Know What You are
Thinking page 19

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


Students in all grades enjoyed tug of war, relay
races, different versions of dodgeball, stretching,

moving, and just being outside on a gorgeous,
sunny day on Utz Field! A special thank you to
Bee Fit Coordinators Shelbi Brookshire and Alison
Bucklin for tirelessly organizing and promoting
Bee-Fit. The PTO team shattered last year’s total
by raising more than $24,000 for HHA students
and teachers. Thank you to everyone who made

Bee Fit 2019 possible!




HHA is going green! This year, HHA staff will apply for Maryland Green School
Certification. Nationally recognized, the Maryland Green Schools Award Program
(MDGS) allows schools and their communities to evaluate their efforts in environmental
sustainability. Participating schools empower youth to make changes to reduce
environmental impact, encourage sustainability and foster environmental literacy. This is
a huge undertaking. There is a dedicated group of students who are invested in teaching
others to be More Green. There are also staff members involved in this effort, but
parents are also encouraged to help. If you have the desire to B'More Green, please
contact Kelli Poole or Melissa Riorda.

American Education Week, November 18-22, 2019, presents all
HHA staff work hard to make sure all students are provided with a Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public
challenging and rigorous curriculum. Ms. Laura Guitian, Director of education and honor individuals who are making a difference in
Enrichment, provides limited pullout instruction to identified gifted ensuring that every child receives a quality education. In recognition
students. In addition, Ms. Kim Rice works part-time supporting our of this special time, HHA will host an Open House for parents from
talent development and advanced learners. Pullout instruction for 8:20-10:20 am on Tuesday, November 19th. On this special day,
45 minutes is usually provided for six weeks. Ms. Guitian works parents will have the opportunity to visit HHA and see the
closely with all 29 homeroom teachers to design and implement instructional programs in action. Parents are asked to quietly
high-quality student portfolios that include exemplary student work. observe in a designated area of the classroom. As a reminder, this is
To learn more about our gifted and advanced learner program not a time for individual conferences. Light refreshments will be
please check out available.

On Tuesday, November 26th, students in grades 1-4 will participate
City Schools is sending students home early on eight days this year in in the annual Math Rumble. The Rumble is like a spelling bee except
order for teachers to receive training and collaborate with each math facts selected by each math teacher are used. To prepare for
other. Because we are a conversion charter school, HHA had the the Rumble, it is important to practice math facts with your child on
option not to participate. We chose not to participate and keep our a daily basis. Students will go head-to-head to compete for best
student days as full days for several reasons: team, with Mr. Hornbeck on stage asking the math problems to each
student. This is a great opportunity for kids to be on stage and get
1. Early release days easily triple the absence rate for students; experience in public speaking. Everyone receives a certificate of
2. Parents overwhelmingly prefer not to have to make early participation for taking part in the Rumble.

pickup arrangements for their children; APPLICATIONS FOR THE
3. “Contact” minutes or minutes that teachers and students are LOTTERY AND PRE-
together are a precious commodity;
4. HHA already has substantial training time for teachers along Spread the word to family and friends that applications for the
lottery and pre-kindergarten are available at HHA. The lottery is
with built in daily and weekly collaboration time and held for students at all grade levels who do not live in the zoned
5. We do not want to mess with success. Details on this issue area for the school. If you do not live in this area and would like for
your child to attend HHA, you can pick up an application at school or
and many other topics were featured in the recent Chat with visit this link The lottery will take
Matt, which is now streaming on our Facebook page. place Tuesday, February 11th at 3 pm.





Congratulations to Senator Bill Ferguson, long-time HHA parent and
new Maryland Senate President. Bill for Baltimore and Bill for
Maryland! Senator Bill Ferguson is pictured on the left.

For in-depth reading go to How a young Baltimore legislator became
the Democrats’ pick to lead the Maryland Senate


As a reminder, you can request a conference with
your child’s teacher at your convenience. Staff email

addresses are located on the HHA website at


Mark your calendars for the first Family Academic Night of the school
year, Wednesday November 20th, from 5:30-7pm. Families are invited to enjoy
a night of academic fun at stations developed by HHA teachers with the purpose of
engaging the brain! Free dinner is provided to all participants.


Welcome back the grade 6 and 7 students who spent time on camping trips last
month. Their memories will last a lifetime! Thanks to the many chaperones who
made these experiences possible. Outward Bound leaders included Melissa Riorda,
Steve Plunk, Brooke Petruzzelli and Harriet VanKleek. Northbay chaperones
included Kelli Poole, Jason Farber, Katya Kleine, Nancy Gonzalez, Mike Lucas, Ken
Buckner, Ronnie Huggins, Daniel Brown, Elizabeth Gardner, Stephanie Kastelik, Eva
Bazant, Shenae Locklear and Marysol Plata.


About 60 HHA families joined Mr. Hornbeck to march in the 20th Annual Great
Lantern Parade. The weather was terrific and approximately 5,000 people viewed
the parade. Drums, dancing, hay rides, costumes, food trucks, lanterns, and light
abounded. Thanks to Ms. Douglas for helping light everyone up with glow in the
dark rings, necklaces and glasses and to the Vasbinder-Morrison family for
managing the new HHA banner. If you missed it this year, make sure to come next
year. It’s a great tradition!

PLEASE JOIN US FOR CHAT WITH MATT Students had a great time learning in the beautiful
settings of Northbay and Outrward Bound camps
Monday, November 11th at 5:30 pm
This chat will take place prior to the PTO meeting in

the school library.



Help HHA honor our veterans on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11th, by supporting
our local non-profit, is a nationwide non-profit organization
helping veterans, caregivers, and family members get the resources they need to treat
Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Abuse without cost to the
family. This organization was started by HHA parent Jessica Kavanagh and her late
husband, MAJ Brian Kavanagh. Their two daughters Meryn and Evelyn are students at
HHA. On Monday, November 11th, HHA will have afterschool snack sale to help raise
money to support Look for a detailed flyer coming home this week.



Ms. Klenk and Ms. Kaminaris: Students had a blast at the first PreK field trip. Thank
you to everyone chaperoned and assisted on the farm. In November, students will
learn about basic human needs to survive, and learn about different types of families.
They will create a family tree at home as their monthly project to connect to learning
in school. Please check folders for more information, and for the new November
reading log. Upcoming events include the November Audubon trip on Tuesday,
November 12th and the PreK Thanksgiving celebration. Fall is here and many
students have difficulty putting on their coat. Students are expected to be able to put
on (and zip!) their own coats, hats and gloves. Please practice these skills at home so
we can maximize our time on the playground.


Ms. Maciel, Ms. Wallis and Ms. LaBella: In math, students are ordering and PreK students had a great time at the
comparing numbers to 10, learning about shapes and patterns, and practicing pumpkin patch
addition and subtraction. For extra practice, please have you child write the numbers
1-10 at home. In reading, students are learning new sounds and will start to blend
sounds to make words. Reading flashcards are being sent home so you can practice
with your child. Also, please have your child practice putting on their jacket and
zipping it up all by themselves. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to
chaperone the first kindergarten field trip to the Robinson Nature Center. It was a
huge success.


Ms. Bierley, Ms. Clary and Ms. Douglas: Students are progressing in their subject areas and in Core Knowledge, they have been reading and
analyzing fables and will begin to study astronomy. The 1st Quarter is coming to a close, and your child will soon receive their first report card.
Read over the report card carefully and schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns. With the weather getting
colder, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor activities and brings a navy blue sweater without a hood to keep in the
classroom. A huge thank you for all of the Bee Fit donations! The students absolutely enjoyed the Bee Fit activities. Donations of classroom snack
items are needed. Healthier snacks like gold fish, pretzels and granola bars would be greatly appreciated.


Ms. Bonner, Ms. Weber and Ms. Smith: Students have been working on the Family Background Project. As a reminder, the question sheet is due
by November 12th, and the project is due November 19th. The projects will be presented in class and displayed during the Family Background
Celebration on November 26th. The 1st Quarter is coming to a close, and your child will soon receive their first report card. Read over the report
card carefully and schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns. With the weather getting colder, please
make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor activities. As a reminder, check your child’s folder and agenda every night for important
information. A huge thank you for all of the Bee Fit donations! The students thoroughly enjoyed the Bee Fit activities.. Students are now looking
forward to the field trip to Goucher on November 19th to see Stone Soup. Permission slips and money are due by November 12th at noon.



Reading – Ms. Kaplan: Students continue to work on reading
fluency and comprehension. Some students are reading stories
about sled dogs in Alaska, and others are reading about Carla and
Edna’s adventures in the Bermuda Triangle. Please remember to
check for reading homework every night. Feel free to reach out to
Ms. Kaplan at [email protected] with any questions or

Language/Social Studies - Ms. Sparwasser: Students are writing
detailed paragraphs and sentences with quotes that tell what
someone said. They also continue to firm up their knowledge of
pronoun clarity. In social studies, students will finish the study of
economics and begin discussing citizenship. Look forward to a Trail
Mix Market Day in class!

2nd grade students spent time in the park on an Audubon outing Math - Ms. Knudsen: Some students continue to work with
multiplication tables 6-9 and using these facts to solve multi-step
word problems and long division. Other students are using mental
math strategies to solve one and two step word problems. Please
look for more information coming this month about the annual
Math Rumble.


Reading – Ms. Schultz: Some classes are about to finish reading the Wizard of Oz, and other classes are reading folktales and fairytales. All classes
are currently working on their quarter one portfolio projects, and are showing their creativity. If there is anything Ms. Schultz can do to better
support your child, please reach out by phone or email at [email protected]

Language/Social Studies - Ms. Costello: Students are beginning to learn important parts of speech and using this knowledge to write clear
sentences. In social studies, students just completed their first portfolio project. They researched different Native American tribes to determine
how they used the various resources in their environment to survive. Students then
compiled this information into a Powerpoint presentation.

Math – Mr. Pratta: Students will begin the unit on fractions and prepare to test
their math skills in HHA's annual Math Rumble.


Reading – Ms. Pelligrini: Some students are finishing The Odyssey and will start to
work on portfolio pieces. They will write their own original story using Poseidon or
Athena as a character. Other students have finished personal narratives and now
are diving into different types of fictional short stories. After exploring a variety of
short stories, students will begin to write their own story. All students continue to
focus on using elaboration strategies in their writing. Specifically, they are working
on using dialogue, pacing and descriptive details to enhance their writing.

Language/Science – Ms. Ruppenthal: Students will take the first assessment for 5th grade students released butterflies in the
lesson 20. They will show their ability to form agreement and disagreement school garden after learning about the process of
statements, contractions, rewrite unclear sentences and parallel statements.
Students will continue to practice skills to strengthen their writing abilities. These butterfly metamorphosis
include similes, metaphors, personification and rewrite run-on sentences. In
science, students have learned about the process in which plants and animals
receive nutrients. They studied wheat plants and watched the process of butterfly
metamorphosis. When the process was completed, students released the
butterflies in the school garden. Students also studied the human digestive system
and have recently started discussing the circulatory and respiratory system. Shortly,
they will begin their investigation of the Earth and sun.

Math – Ms. O’Connor: Students are working on multi-digit multiplication and
division with both whole numbers and decimal fractions. These problems have
many steps and can be really tricky, but students are doing an excellent job


mastering this content. Additionally, students just completed a portfolio project in which they were able to create their own restaurant and menu.
They gained practice with decimal operations during this project and were able to show their creativity.


Humanities – Mr. Farber: Students are in the process of selecting their topics for the National History Day projects. Final drafts of their topic
proposals are due on November 15th. In English, they have just completed the first "embedded assessment," which were personal narratives.
Parents, please ask your child to recite the "At Hampstead Hill Academy, We Believe" speech for you!

Math – Ms. Kleine: Students will start the Integers Unit. They will explore positive and negative numbers, and will learn about the conceptual
understanding of integers by working with zero pairs and plotting on a number line. They will also build fluency by applying rules for operations
with integers (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing). In addition, they will plot integers on a number line and coordinate plane, and will
work with real-world situations and word problems to model positive and negative numbers.

Science – Ms. Poole: Students have been exploring and investigating physics in order to gain evidence to answer the question: Can I believe my
eyes? With this knowledge, students can explain how objects are seen, describe four ways that light interacts with matter, identify parts and
functions of the eye and create models to show how light allows us to see. Next, students will examine the question: How can light have different
colors? Followed by: Is there light I cannot see? The unit will end with a portfolio project. Students will create a 3D model that demonstrates the
components of light and how we see.


Language Arts – Ms. Locke-Jones: Students will being work on their National History Day adventure. Every year, National History Day frames
students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history, and its relevance to
ancient history or to the more recent past. The 2019-2020 theme is Breaking Barriers in History.

Math – Mr. White: Students will start the expressions and equations unit. They will work on linear equations, solving and graphing inequalities
and factoring and expanding linear expressions.

Science – Ms. Petruzzelli: Students will start on the 2nd science unit focusing on a physical science called Why Do Some Things Stop While Others
Things Keep Going? They will learn about all of the different energies in the world, and investigate how those energies interact to make movement


Language Arts – Ms. Kosmer: Students are writing their
essays to finish the first unit. They have also started to pick
their topics for National History Day. The theme this year is
Breaking Barriers. They will have their final project proposal
due in mid-November.

Pre-Algebra/Algebra 1 – Ms. Luthers: In Pre-Algebra,
students continue to work with equations. They are
mastering constants, rates, unknowns and variables. Ask
your student, how can the following situation be
represented as an equation? If Jesus has 4 video games, and
buys 3 more video games every month, how many months
will it take him to have 13 video games?

In Algebra 1, students continue to work with functions. They Students completed a consensus placemat using textual evidence from
have learned how to define and identify a function and are “Terrible Things” and “First They Came For”. Both are texts about
applying that understanding to graphs and real-world World War II and support the novel Diary of Anne Frank.
situations. This upcoming month, students 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 mile.

Science – Mr. Lohrman: Students have started the
chemistry unit, with the goal of answering the question, How
does food provide our body with energy?



As we approach the end of the 1st Quarter, students are working on making LGP
Level. Students must reach ambitious goals in three categories: Scholarship,
Citizenship and Leadership. Although, we won’t know Scholarship levels until
grades are final, students are doing a great job with the other two categories.

In order to be on level for Citizenship, students must perform at least two hours
of community service. To earn Platinum Level, students must complete at least
six hours. All of the hours that students perform now count for their high
school graduation requirement. Baltimore City Public School students must
complete 75 hours by the end of their senior year. Several of our students have
already reached that goal. Including the summer, students at HHA have
completed over 1,900 hours of service this year. They are meeting the LGP

requirement and contributing to the common good of the community. For Leadership, we
measure students’ performances on Class Dojo. To be on LGP Level, students must have
an 80% positive score. That means four out of every five marks they receive on Dojo are
positive. An overwhelming 96% of our students have reached this goal. Amazingly, 63%
of our students have a 95% average or higher. Our students are consistently making
positive choices on a daily basis.

Thanks to the entire Leaders Go Places committee, especially Committee Chair Mr. Lucas,
for putting together a super fun trip last Friday for all grade 6-8 students who achieved
leadership level for the 1st Quarter. More than 175 students and a dozen chaperones
attended an evening trip to HersheyPark. Students on leadership level actually go places!
In just a few days, students will have a lot to celebrate at the 1st Quarter Recognition
Ceremony Friday, November 8th.




Ms. Butcher: HHA students have been creating art work for the November 7th Community Arts Night. Please come and view HHA students’
creative masterpieces. Grade 2 students have learned about the artist Wolf Kahn. They created a watercolor landscape painting made up of
multiple types of lines to create a calming fall forest. Grade 4 students learned about the artist Wayne Thiebaud and how he created beautiful
paintings of bakeries and desserts. They created oil pastel bakery drawings focusing on 3-D drawing of spheres. Grade 6 students learned about
the artist Claude Monet and looked at his famous winter tree painting of The Magpie. Then, they created a tree made up of warm colors and
words that identify them.



Mr. Garner: Beginning orchestra students learned all notes on the D Mr. Edwards: HHA's younger students continue to work on gross
and A strings. They will begin to work with the bow this month. motor skills including different types of locomotor movement and
Beginning band students continue to learn new notes and rhythms personal spacing. Elementary students will hone these movement
in order to play new songs. Advanced students have been working skills and refine their throwing, kicking, catching and running
on a wide variety of repertoire to perform at the November motions, and middle school students will explore team sports,
Community Arts Night which will take place Thursday, November 7th. develop long term fitness goals and begin a fitness journal that they
Just a reminder not all students will perform at this event. Next, will use throughout the year.
students will begin to work on holiday music for the December
Community Arts Night. FOOD FOR LIFE

DRAMA Ms. Demas: Students in grade 5 and 8 are learning about 10
different spices and preparing traditional spice blends and foods
Ms. Durkin: PreK and kindergarten students continue dramatic play from India, Egypt and Jamaica. Grade 3 students are learning how to
and are learning about how actors change their movement, facial use measuring spoons, tasting spices and combining spices to flavor
expressions and voices to create characters. As 2nd Quarter begins, popcorn. Grade 1 students are learning about vitamins, what foods
grade 1-8 students will collaborate to devise original work with have vitamins and why the body needs these nutrients. PreK and
planned improvisations or playwriting. Original plays will be kindergarten students are eating their way through a rainbow of
submitted to Center Stage's Young Playwrights Festival. colorful whole foods.

4th grade students were taught to make corn tortillas from scratch from Diana Lopez’s mom Rosalyn Vera, owner of Cocina
Luchadora. 6th grade students were taken on a tour of the school’s kitchen and serving area.


Ms. Riorda: All the students have been outside making observations in nature. They
have begun observations in the school's amazing garden where they have looked for
insects, vegetables and seeds. They even had the chance to see cotton plants and to
learn about the material from which many of their clothes are made. The elementary
students continue to learn about different ecosystems, and have created unique models
of these ecosystems. Grade 5 students had the opportunity to dissect owl pellets to get a
first-hand look at what an owl eats to get its energy, and middle school students are
focusing on how energy is transferred in ecosystems. Grade 7 students explored natural
resources and did a series of activities to teach students to be environmental citizens that
are capable of making good choices about how to use the resources we have.


Ms. Burt Grade PreK – 4: PreK and kindergarten students have been discussing foods
that make us healthy. They have also been practicing keeping their bodies healthy
through yoga. Grade 1 and 2 students are learning about identity and creating a flag that
represents who they are. Grade 3 and 4 students did an awesome job creating zines
(mini-books) that teach others how to manage stress.

5th grade students dissect owl pellets


Mr. Cobb Grade 5 – 8: The second quarter unit is Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs. Grade 5 and 6 students will create visuals that demonstrate the
pressures young people face that can lead to substance use and abuse, and the detrimental effects that follow. Grade 7 and 8 students are going
to complete a photo collage project about vaping and e-cigarettes to understand the dangers of these harmful substances. During the 3rd Quarter,
students in grades 5-8 will learn about human sexuality. Teachers will use the 3Rs: Rights, Respect, and Responsibility sexual health curriculum
( To learn more about this curriculum, please attend the family information session on Wednesday, November 20th at 5 pm in the
library. This meeting takes place prior to Family Academic Night.

In health class,


students practice

yoga, and a 1st

grade student

shows his

identity flag.


Ms. Kannam: The HHA Library is rocking this month with...
 students of all ages learning about incredible Latinas and Latinos that have greatly influenced art, science, music and writing. Please ask your

student about a new person that they have learned about.
 book check outs are going strong. Please remind your students to come any day to the library to get a new book! Before and after school are

the best times.
 over 100 hours of Computer Coding has been done by HHA students. Ask your child if they have coded during library time and let them show

you at home.
 Halloween and fall stories with props for retelling have been sent home with grade kindergarten -2 students.


Ms. Guitian and Ms. Burt: How do we meet the needs of the many formally identified gifted, advanced, and talent development students at HHA?
Most are familiar with the enrichment pullout program, but there are numerous methods we use to ensure GAL students have access to the
learning that will enable them to meet or exceed their annual growth goals. Some students may have access to accelerated content or gifted
curricula in their regular classroom. Some students will take part in programs such as Emerging Scholars, Supported Independent Reading (SIR) or
have time set aside in class to work on Dreambox Math or choice projects. Each formally identified student has a learning plan that spells out the
strategies to ensure opportunities growth and success. Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) are written annually for all formally identified gifted,
advanced, or talent development students and made available to parents for review and comment. If your child is a formally identified GAL or
Talent Development student, be on the lookout for a hard copy coming home this week. Email Ms. Guitian to request an electronic copy or with
any questions you may have.


Ms. Shaffer: November 14th is National Young Readers Day. Young Readers day was co-founded in
1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. This is a day to recognize the
joys and benefits of reading. Parents can take advantage of this day to promote the importance of
reading to their students. Use this day to help and encourage your child to read, and open the door to
knowledge, information, success and happiness.


Ms. Bailin, Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Hicks and Mr. LaBarr: Students in PreK and kindergarten are completing the Look at Me! unit. Body parts, senses,
feelings and actions are being learned through songs, dances, games, books, writing and drawing. Fall is a great time to incorporate all senses. Ask
your children what they like to see and touch during a fall nature walk. Grade 1 students are finishing the unit What's New With You? In the last
story, Around the Seasons, students learned through rhyming how the seasons change. Students learned about each season and identified the
weather and activities associated with those seasons. Ask your child what is their favorite season and why. Grade 2 students finished the unit The
Big City. They are now reading Chinatown which is realistic fiction story that takes place in a neighborhood in New York City. Ask your child
his/her favorite place in Chinatown. Students also spent some time sharing their favorite things to do with their grandmothers and grandfathers.


Grade 3 and 4 students are learning their sequence words, which will support them with organizing and retelling events from a story or steps to a
procedure. Grade 5 students are working on the Family Time unit. Students are learning about heritage and things that are passed down from
generation to generation. They will also learn about how to make inferences regarding characters in a story. Middle school students are doing
research for the National History Day and working on improving their math skills.


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


The Builders Club is off to a strong start this school year. The Come one, come all, to Fall Community Arts Night, Thursday,
members are busy working on fund raising ideas to raise money for November 7th, from 5:30 -7 pm. The evening begins with the HHA
the wish list events at the University of Maryland Child Life Center. Band & Orchestra performing in the gym followed by a student art
Look for information about ceramic paint parties after school to show in the cafeteria and dinner served by the Garden Club. To
support this effort. The club members also visited Future Care on reserve dinner for your family, return the reservation form and
October 22nd to create fall crafts with the residents. Everyone payment of $5/person to the main office or to Ms. Demas. Payment
enjoyed themselves, and are looking forward to the next visit later in is required to reserve a table for your family. Walk-ins are
November. $6/person at the door. Musicians eat free but are required to
reserve their dinner by selecting "yes I am eating dinner" on the
DIVERSITY CLUB permission slip sent out by Mr. Garner. Hope to see you there!

Students are continuing to read articles and discuss major social EMERGING SCHOLARS
justice issues in the country. Starting at the next meeting, club
members will work on the We are Baltimore book. The next Grade 2 students have been learning how to identify shapes like
meeting will be November 6th from 3-4pm in room 310. Students octagons, hexagons and trapezoids, looking at their sides and
are always welcomed and encouraged to join. Permission slips can vertices. They are challenged to learn new shapes and vocabulary
be found in Ms. Luthers room (310). each week in preparation for the playground design project. Grade
3 students discussed the process of engineering and the traits
STEAM needed to be a successful engineer. They are preparing to complete
an engineering challenge, where they will have to design a building
Kindergarten students are learning about the night and day, and that can withstand high wind forces. Grade 4 students have been
grade 1 students have been exploring and experimenting with the reading creation myths, like Thor, God of Thunder, discussing why
effects of the sun and playing with and observing shadows. Grade 2 authors may have chosen the subject. Next, they will get to write
students have been examining how different materials biodegrade. and design their own creation myth story books.
They are practicing graphing with the data collected. Grade 3 and 4
students have been solving STEAM challenges. They have been
practicing coding and using skills to work with Sphero robots.

2nd grade STEAM students congratulate each other
after completing a graphing challenge

1st grade STEAM students trace their shadows while learning about the sun



The Girls on the Run Fall 2019 team is getting prepared to run our Final 5k on
November 24th in Druid Hill Park at 9am. If you can, please come and cheer on the
team. These girls have learned a lot of skills over the past several weeks to help
them be their best at all times. Everyone is super proud of all of these amazing
girls. Thank you all for supporting our team this season!


Congratulations to the middle school soccer teams on their fall seasons! The girls
won the championship against Belair Edison, and the boys placed second in the
league. Thank you to all players for a great season, and everyone is looking
forward to the spring season!

Thank you to everyone who helped make Elementary soccer such a huge success!




 23% of the school year is done
 42 of our 180 student days are completed
 There are approximately 101 school days left until our

3-8 grade students take the MCAP Assessment in
reading and math beginning Monday, April 20th.


Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) for grades 3 to 8 - April 20 – June 2
Report Cards – 11/14 (1st Quarter), 2/3 (2nd Quarter), 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


 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
into them.

Would 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 of languages.

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.



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 4th Grade Team for having the highest attendance average for October.
The students in this grade level will have a PTO sponsored pizza party.

October Attendance% Year Attendance%
Grade 97.24% Grade 97.34%
HHA average 98.38% HHA average 97.83%
Grade 4 98.23% Grade 4 97.56%
Grade 7 Grade 7 97.54%
97.40% Grade 2 97.45%
Grade 6 97.38% Grade 6 97.32%
Grade 2 97.13% Grade 3 97.28%
Grade 3 97.09% Grade 8 97.21%
Grade 1 96.90% Grade 1 97.15%
Grade 5 96.73% Grade 5 97.14%
Grade 8 96.48% PreK 96.84%
PreK 96.36% Kindergarten


Students who had perfect attendance during the month of October will
receive a certificate during the first week of November. Once students
receive their certificates, they may visit the participating businesses to claim
their incentives by using the vouchers on the back of their certificate. A new
attendance tracker and list of incentives will be sent home during the first
week of November. Please contact Mrs. Seymour at
[email protected] if you have any questions.


There will be a High School Choice meeting for grade 7 and 8 parents and students Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the school library.
At the meeting, Mrs. Seymour will share information about the High School Choice process and answer any questions you may have. Dinner will be
served. We hope to see you there!


November is College Awareness Month at HHA! Throughout the month of November, students will hear about colleges on the morning
announcements and discuss it in the classroom. HHA staff will wear their college gear throughout the month and share their college experiences
with students. It’s never too early to start thinking and talking about college!


The Spectacular Express program at HHA is used to recognize students in grades 1-5 for doing
a spectacular act. When a staff member observes a student doing a spectacular act, he/she
can receive a certificate in the form of a train car. This certificate will be laminated and
displayed in the school. Students who receive a train car will have their name published in
the newsletter and read during morning announcements. All students who receive a train car
will be part of a final celebration program in June. This program is sponsored by the Canton
Railroad Company located in Southeast Baltimore.



Starting Monday, November 4th, HHA will implement a new program In addition, absences for these reasons are considered excused and
for our students in grades 1-5. This program is designed to prepare do not require documentation:
our younger students for the Leaders Go Places program which
starts in middle school at the sixth grade level. Each month, a  School-approved activities or work
student must meet the following three criteria to take part in a  Lack of authorized school transportation
special teacher led activity:  District- or schoolwide closings due to inclement weather

1. two or fewer think times, zero detentions, office referrals or other emergency conditions
or suspensions
According to state law, an absence for any other reason is
2. satisfactory or higher grades in all core subjects considered unexcused.
3. good attendance per month with zero unexcused
Each month, every student will receive a note indicating if she/he
absences per month; below is a list of excused absences met the criteria and if not, why. Each student who meets this
criteria will be invited to enjoy one structured incentive activity from
 Death in the immediate family (a parent note is 2-2:40 pm each month. Grade level teachers will determine the
acceptable) incentive. The incentive will not be a movie or television show.
Incentives will include teachers and should be active and engaging.
 Illness (a parent note is acceptable for an illness up to Teachers will accommodate students who are not able to participate
three days; a doctor's note is required for illnesses lasting by arranging a location, supervision, and appropriate activity. If you
longer than three days) have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

 Court summons (the student's name must appear on the

 Hazardous weather conditions (a parent note is

 Observance of a religious holiday (a parent note is

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.

PREPARING What’s happening at HHA? Import the HHA school

calendar to your personal Google calendar. Instructions are
located in the back of the news magazine. You will never have

to say, “I didn’t know this was happening.”


celebrates its 11th 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 30, December 1, 7,
8, 14, 15 and 20 through January 5 except Christmas Day. For the 11th year, there are new displays – three Bump
and Go Trolleys around Patterson Park, replicas of the Dominic Mimi DiPietro Ice Rink and the Southeast Anchor
Library and also a fun look at Highlandtown’s industrial heritage. The Train Garden is open to the public and is free.
For more updated information, visit or follow us on Facebook.


Thank you to the SafeWay Foundation
for the School Spirit Donation of
$3,500 to HHA! Thank you also to the
staff and patrons of the Safeway

school located on Boston Street who helped with this effort.


Thanksgiving can mean a feast with children helping in the kitchen. With age-appropriate cooking
activities, children can get involved in Thanksgiving, making it a fun and exciting time even for the pickiest
of eaters. Some tips include:

 Allow children to assist with meal preparation so that they are more interested in eating the

 Give a variety of healthy options for children to choose their favorites
 Drink more water and avoid sugary drinks
 Choose at least one option that your child will like
 Start Thanksgiving off with a Turkey Trot race in the morning, or go for a walk as a family after dinner

For a more comprehensive list of tips for a healthy Thanksgiving, check out the flyer located at the end of the news magazine
For a list of healthy, kid-approved Thanksgiving recipes, check out


Tuesday, 11/5 Carrots - Did you know the orange color results from abundant carotene in these cultivars, mainly the beta-carotene which is a
strongly colored red-orange pigment found in some plants and fruits. The human body turns beta- carotene into Vitamin A. Vitamin A is important
for health of our vision, as well as our bones, teeth and skin.

Thursday, 11/7 Raisins - Did you know the word raisin means grape in French? While an actual dried grape is a raisin, raisins can be green, black,
purple or a yellow depending on the type of grape being used. Raisins can help digestion, boost iron levels and keep your bones strong.

Tuesday, 11/12 Oranges - Did you know that the orange is a citrus fruit and that it’s a hybrid of the pomelo and mandarin. Oranges have been
grown since ancient times and originated in Southeast Asia. Oranges have a high amount of Vitamin C.

Thursday, 11/14 Bananas - Bananas have grown for thousands of years. Bananas can be found in other colors including red. Bananas grow in large
hanging bunches. Bananas contain a lot of potassium.

Tuesday, 11/19 Tangerines - A tangerine is a citrus fruit and related to the mandarin orange. Tangerines are smaller and easier to peel then most
oranges. The taste is less sour but sweeter and stronger than a regular orange. Tangerines have Vitamin C, Vitamin A, calcium, potassium and

Thursday 11/21 Grapes - Grapes are beautiful, vining plants. The plants need trellises or fences to support their heavy vines. Grapes are a type of
berry. Grapes and raisins are toxic for dogs. Grapes are a good source of fiber, potassium and a range of vitamins.

Tuesday 11/26 Green Beans - Green beans grow two ways: on bushes or on plants with long vines. Bean plants have pretty white flowers and
deep green, tear-shaped leaves. The leaves feel a little fuzzy and can make you itch. Green beans are healthy. They’re a good source of Vitamin A,
Vitamin C and folate.


Please join Canton Canopy on Saturday, November 16th; over 50 trees will be planted. Please meet at the corner of Linwood
and Fait Avenues for coffee and donuts at 9 am. Tools and gloves are provided. After planting, everyone will meet at
Mahaffey's to celebrate the greening efforts. More information is available on the Canton Canopy Facebook page.








October was a very busy month with several important Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) events including our
BEE FIT fall fundraiser, fall movie night, a happy hour social mixer and the inaugural Día de los Muertos family
potluck dinner celebration. Thank you to Ms. Douglas, Ms. Lefever, Ms. Costello, and Ms. Chris for giving HHA
a presence at the Baltimore marathon cheer. All PTO events in October were made possible by the efforts,
time, and contributions of more than 70 parent and teacher volunteers!
This month, HHA students raised over $24,000 for BEE FIT which is an all-time record amount! This fitness and
field day fundraising event would not have been possible without the amazing efforts by Shelbi Brookshire,
Alison Bucklin, Jim Hanson, as well as time and donations from over 50 other volunteers. Special thank you also
goes out to Living Classrooms for providing space for our kids and teachers to enjoy the field day, Jodi Naaz of
Charm City Fitness for her command of the field, and Mark Larkin and his Coppermine staff that provided a
fantastic variety of fitness activities. THANK YOU!

For the first time ever, PTO sponsored a Día de los Muertos / Day of the
Dead family potluck dinner celebration. Over 200 people enjoyed
homemade international cuisine, music and dance performances, and
learned about how different cultures pay respects and celebrate loved
ones that have passed.
Special thanks and appreciation go out to Magdalena Gaspar,
Crecenciana Cano, Laura Naula, Adriana Rojas, Rosa Martinez, Alejandra
Flores, Jacqueline Sánchez, Alexandra Gonzalez, Yesenia Mejías, Flor
Gallegos, Jill and Sean Vasbinder Morrison, Molly Burger, Kim Rice, Tony


Berry, John, Polanco, Marta Orellana, Arturo Fagoaga, Melanie Macías, Shelbi Brookshire and Felicia German for their amazing efforts setting up
and running the event. Thank you as well to the numerous other parent and staff volunteers from the PTO and Padres Unidos/Parents United that
helped with setup, serving food, clean up and more.

Upcoming PTO Events Include:

 Tutti Gusti Night - 11/7 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 - 11/11 - meeting dates have changed to the 2nd Mondays! 6pm in the Library - Childcare will be available until 7pm.
 Happy Hour – 11/15 6pm at Spice 2 flyer attached
 SAVE THE DATE - Panera Night – 11/18 - more info to come!
 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 is linked to your VIC card. There are NO LIMITS to how much a school can earn.
 Box Tops – flyers attached


Revenue: October Expenses: BeeFit Total:
BeeFit (Cash donations) $8,916.53 Revenue:
Membership Marathon Cheer $183.61 Expenses: $24,050.99
Tutti Gusti Night $35.00 Profit: $1,869.88
Total Revenue: $60.00 BeeFit $881.97
$9,011.53 $22,181.11
Hispanic Heritage Breakfast $250.00

PTO Happy Hour @ Lee's Pint

& Shell $99.74

Reimburse Jim Childcare for $50.00
PTO meeting

Storage $35.00

Tutti Gusti $128.00

Total Expenses: $1,628.32

Ending Balance: $32,572.73

BEE FIT PRIZE WINNERS $125 – Middle Student
Escape Room
$175 Dollars – Elementary and Middle School Student: Max Mueting
One Free Week of Coppermine Camp
Student: Lennon Foote $90 – Elementary & Middle Student
4 Passes to the Maryland Science Center
$125 – Elementary Students Student: Gus Juknevicius
Port Discovery Year Family Pass+
Student: Hudson Connolly


2 Climb Zone Passes Highest winning elementary class - Ice Cream Party at Bee More
Student: Katherine Megali Licks - Ms. Maciel
Highest winning middle school class – Movie & Pizza Party at
Highest Earning Creative Alliance - Mr. White
Individual Elementary Student – Urban Pirate Party for 10 - Each Class that averages $40 per student No Uniform Day -
Zane Webser Kaminaris, Douglas, Wallis, Maciel, Bierley, Clary, Smith, Weber,
Individual Middle School Student – Lunch w Mike Lucas & John Paz Pratta, Knudsen
and 2 of their friends – Christian Mosier
Highest Homeroom Teacher – House Cleaning - Ms. Weber

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, Nathan Gorham, Carmelina Mosier,
Shallah Graham, Alison Bucklin and Fulya Gursel. Also, special thanks to
Shelbi Brookshire, Laverne Gilmore, Cheryl DeScipio, Jackie Eiting, Eva
Bazant Loren Kupferschmid, Jodi Naasz, Molly Burger, Rafael Coven,
Stephen Fogleman, Liz Gebelein, Yan ZhaoJulie Gochar, Anya Cappolla and
Steven Cuellar and the many parents who help with various activities
throughout the school.



 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!


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Coalition for the

Where the Money How Do We Fund Public Schools in Maryland?
Comes From
Maryland’s public schools are funded by federal grants, the state government, and the
47.9% local county government. Here’s how the funding breakdown looked for fiscal year 2018.

Local Federal $ Comes from grants to both the state and local systems, focused on
special categories of students, such as special education and special needs students.
State $ Comes via the state’s general fund and is allocated annually in the state
State budget proposed by the governor and approved by the General Assembly. The
general fund is comprised of revenue from the income tax, corporate income tax,
4.3% retail, tobacco, and alcohol sales taxes, and lottery funds. Thanks to the Fix the
Fund campaign, a ballot measure passed in 2018 increases state aid by $500
Federal million a year in dedicated casino revenues.

Local $ The county contributes almost half the total funding for its schools, on
average. State law dictates a county’s minimum responsibility, which the county

fulfills through property taxes and other local taxes.

Maryland School Funding Laws Are Driven by Adequacy

In the case of Hornbeck v Somerset County Board of Education, Maryland’s highest
court ruled that “the legislature is commanded to establish a system, effective in all
school districts, as will provide the State’s youth with a basic public school education.”
The court further ruled that the State has a responsibility to make efforts “to min-
imize the impact of undeniable and inevitable demographic and environmental
disadvantages on any given child.”

This ruling set the stage for the Commission on Education Finance, Equity, and
Excellence (the Thornton Commission), which met from 1999 to 2002 to determine
how the state could provide an equitable public education to every student.
This was the last time Maryland’s public school funding was studied and the formula
revised until the work of the Kirwan Commission.

“An adequate The Thornton Commission’s study led to the Bridge to Excellence in Public
education Schools Act of 2002. It was the first effort by the state to link resources with
measured by student needs and differences in local wealth—to fund schools both adequately
contemporary and equitably.
standards.” While the infusion of new funding led to substantial gains in student achieve-
ment, staffing levels, and educator pay, the formula has become badly in need
— HORNBECK V of updating. The percentage of students coming from backgrounds of poverty,
receiving special education services, and English language learners have all
SOMERSET increased markedly, as have the number of mandates upon schools. It’s added
up to $2.9 billion in annual underfunding of our schools, according to an inde-
COUNTY BOARD OF pendent analysis overseen by the State Department of Education.

EDUCATION The Thornton Commission’s study led to the Bridge to Excellence
in Public Schools Act of 2002. It was the first effort by the state
to link resources with student needs and differences in local
wealth—to fund schools both adequately and equitably.

This underfunding has resulted in an increasing student to teacher ratio, mean-
ing larger class sizes and less individualized instruction. Maryland now ranks
near the bottom of all states for funding poor districts and affluent district
evenly, with federal education data showing that Maryland’s poorest school dis-
tricts receive 5% less state and local education funding than Maryland’s wealth-
iest districts.

The 2020 General Assembly will create a new formula to support the 2019
Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, providing funding for more staff, more special
ed resources, more school programs for students, expanded community
schools, pre-kindergarten, career technical education opportunities, increased
educator pay, and more.


SPEAK UP FOR THE Coalition for the



A workgroup on school fund-
ing supporting the work of the $1.1 Billion in New Funding for Staffing, Expanding
Kirwan Commission meets to Student Programs and Supports, and Salaries
develop recommendations
on revising the state’s school Our big win in the 2019 General Assembly funded the first three years of
funding formula. the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, adding $1.1 billion in new funding
for improved salaries, staffing, and student programs. Now
Late Fall 2019 it’s time to update the state funding formula to fully implement the
Full Kirwan Commission Blueprint over the next decade, keep ramping up resources, and make
meets to consider the sure that every school in the state is adequately and equitably funded.
workgroup's funding
recommendations so they Winning at the state level—and taking maximum advantage of the
can be sent on to student-centered recommendations of the 3-year Kirwan Commission—
the General Assembly and will open up the door to more raises, more staffing, and more programs
Gov. Hogan. that make a difference for students at the local level.

January–April 2020 We must be successful in Annapolis—and then our job will be to make
2020 General Assembly sure that money is spent on the right things so the implementation of
Legislators are expected the Blueprint is done right for each local school system and its students
to pass a new school funding and educators.
formula phasing in billions
the next decade to support Passage of the Blueprint means $1.1 billion for our schools over the
the policy recommendations next three years. But that’s just a start. We need a 10-year funding
of the Kirwan Commission. commitment that is long term and sustainable so our students get the
They are also expected academic and social supports they need. Here’s what we won:
to identify funding sources for
the new formula to ensure • Teachers salaries increase by 4.5% (on average) this school year
that it is sustainable, • Expanded Pre-K
adequate, and equitable. • Increased Special Education Staffing
• Increased Mental Health Staffing
• 200+ Community Schools

Myth vs. Fact:

Understanding Kirwan & Baltimore City Schools

Myth Fact

Baltimore City Schools Inflation means that we spend more every year (on everything).
receives “record funding Increases in education spending follow the exact same 3-5% annual
levels” increases due to cost-of-living increases. Every governor since the
1990’s could claim ‘record funding levels’ but it doesn’t mean we spend
enough. In reality, ​MD falls close to the bottom of the list in percent of
funds spent on education.

Relative to the state's own definition of adequate funding, established

by independent consultants, upheld by the courts, and codified into law
by the legislature,​ Baltimore City Schools have received 3.2 BILLION

dollars less than they should have over the past 20 years from the state.

Baltimore City Schools An independent audit found that central office was “lean” relative to
mismanages funds other similarly sized districts. Administrative costs in Baltimore City are
less than 5% of the total budget which is actually on the LOW side of
what's recommended to function well as an o​ rganization. 6-7% would
be better.

City schools undergoes 17 different audits, with some occurring
annually and others bi-annually. The 2016 audit reported “no material
weaknesses / no significant deficiencies”– Keith Novak, Principal at

The Kirwan Commission MD is the wealthiest state in the country with a growing economy.
funding formula is too According to a nonpartisan, nonprofit economic policy think tank​, ​th​ e
expensive to fund. bill can be financed and could mean just $5 more per month for
“Families will pay $6k more working families.
per year.”
According to a recent Goucher poll, we know tax payers want this bill.
74% of Marylanders are willing to pay more taxes to fund education and
70% agree that MD does not spend enough on education.

Baltimore gets one of the The idea that Baltimore City has the 3rd highest spending is misleading.
highest per pupil funding
formulas in the country It is this high only on the list of “Top 100 Largest School Districts by
Enrollment” BUT if you looked at spending rates across ​all​ districts,
Baltimore City ranks​ 4475 across the nation.​ There are hundreds of

districts in NY and NJ alone spending well over $20K/pupil. In Maryland

alone, Worcester County has the highest per pupil revenues at $18,472,

while Somerset County has the second highest at $18,353 - they don’t
make the ​list because they are smaller districts.

If Baltimore City is receiving Maryland’s funding across districts is more equal than it is equitable.
similar levels of funding to Baltimore City has the highest concentrations of students in poverty
other large systems in (86% vs. 21% in Howard County) and the highest percentage of students
Maryland, why don’t they with disabilities in the state. Providing the necessary specialized
see similar academic services and supports costs more.
City Schools currently spends about $300 million annually to provide
special education services to students, yet they only receive
approximately $80 million for this expense under the current education
funding formula. This means that general education funds have to
subsidize special education costs by about $200 million per year.

More funding is not the National models for resource equity estimate that Baltimore City
requires an additional $6K/pupil per year. This estimate is consistent

with the findings from education funding experts (funded by the state)
by both the Thornton Commission a​ nd​ the Kirwan Commission.

After lawmakers enacted the ​Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act
in 2002,​ the number of school districts at or close to meeting funding
standards increased ​from four in 2002 to 23 in 2008​ —​ all but one of
the state’s 24 districts. Students’ test scores also improved during these
years as school funding increased. During the Great Recession,
policymakers capped the scheduled inflation adjustments in our school
funding formula. Over these years, improvements in student
achievement also stalled. By 2015, the number of school districts
meeting the Bridge to Excellence funding standards fell to six.
-Benjamin Orr, Md Center on Economic Policy

It’s not about race Education Trust found that most districts in Maryland do not receive
the money the state says they need, and districts with the most
students of color are shortchanged the most. Recent findings reveal
that as of 2015, 53% of Black students attend chronically underfunded
schools, compared to just 8% of white students in Maryland.

2019-2020 Projected Job Openings
Hampstead Hill Academy - Baltimore, Maryland

Hampstead Hill Academy (HHA) is a nurturing, co-educational, tuition-free public charter school serving more than 815
students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. HHA is operated by the Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP). We are
located in southeast Baltimore City about one mile from the harbor. Patterson Park, one of the nation’s best urban parks, is
our backyard. Our mission is to prepare our girls and boys to be thinkers, writers and leaders as they move towards broad
secondary, post-secondary, and career opportunities. Our student population – approximately 38% Hispanic, 38% White,
21% African-American and 3% Asian and Native American – reflects the rich diversity of our neighborhood. Our school offers
dedicated enrichment instruction, physical education, nutrition class, Spanish (middle school only), art, health and wellness,
drama, instrumental music, and environmental science as well as several dozen clubs such as chess, theater, and debate.
HHA is a high performing school. HHA is honored to be a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) school of
Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education (eGATE). HHA is also the only Baltimore City elementary and middle school to
receive the highest five star rating from MSDE in 2018. Our students are admitted to among the most selective high schools,
including City, Poly, Western, Dunbar, Bard, Baltimore School for the Arts, Calvert Hall, St. Joseph’s, and Cristo Rey.

We are looking for smart, team-oriented people who are effective at motivating students and implementing a rigorous
curriculum. Staff must take responsibility for students and the curriculum. Exemplary written and oral communication skills
are required. We are focused on results and outcomes for students. Opportunities are competitive and limited but may

2019-2020 Projected Openings
● Long-Term Substitute for 7th Grade English and Social Studies Teacher
● Long-Term Substitute for PreK-8 Performing Arts Teacher (content-specific experience preferred, but not required)
● Long-Term Substitute for Special Education Teacher

Job requirements: Long-term substitute positions are full-time for a specified period of time with full teaching responsibilities
(instructional planning, assignment grading, faculty meeting attendance, communication with families, and daily teaching).
Spanish language fluency is preferred for all positions. HHA screens candidates. Successful candidates may be hired by the
school district, Baltimore City Public Schools or our charter operator, the Baltimore Curriculum Project, depending on the
circumstance. Interested candidates may send a cover letter and resume detailing current qualifications, preferably via
email, to:

Michael Lucas, Instructional Associate/Academic Coach
Hampstead Hill Academy, 500 S. Linwood Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
(410) 396-9146 - Tel., (410) 396-3637 – Fax
[email protected] – email

You will receive a reply within 72 hours indicating receipt of your materials. Successful applicants will participate in an
interview on the phone, followed by an invitation to tour HHA, teach a sample lesson and provide a brief, on-the-spot writing
sample. Offers will be made on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Please visit BCP online at and
HHA online at​ ​​.

HOW-TO: Impyoourrt tpheresHonHaAl Gscohogoloel ccaalleennddaarr to

1 From a web browser, go to:

2 Click on the
+Google Calendar icon

A new “Add calendar” window
will open.

The calendar name is:
“Parent meetings/activities”

3 Click the Add button

Your calendar will now display major events and will
receive any updates to the HHA calendar automatically.

Your Google Calendar will open and in “Other calendars”
you’ll see “Parent meetings/activities” listed.

This HOW-TO is brought to you by the efforts of the HHA PTO.
Want to help? Contact us!

This is a direct link to the calendar:

How to Plan a Balanced Thanksgiving Meal
for Picky Eaters

Thanksgiving—a holiday full of elaborate food traditions—can be extra
challenging for parents of picky eaters. Who wants a holiday dinner turned
into a battle zone filled with whispered bargaining? Fortunately, with a little
planning, you can create a balanced Thanksgiving meal the whole family
will enjoy!

Here are some tips to appease picky eaters without sacrificing
nutrition, straying from Thanksgiving traditions, or creating a lot
of extra work.

 Choose at least one food you know your child will like. Whether Thanksgiving will be served at your
house or if you will be going to someone else's home to celebrate, make sure to offer or bring at least
one food that you know your child will like. This way, your child is guaranteed to eat something during
the meal; it also shows your child you care about his or her preferences when planning meals.

 Engage your child in meal planning. Ask your child if he or she would be interested in helping you
plan the Thanksgiving feast. Let him or her know you plan to offer at least one protein, a grain, a
vegetable, and fruit. You can tell your child about any foods you are definitely planning to include (i.e.,
turkey as a protein and stuffing as a grain), but ask if he or she has ideas for the other food groups. For
example, "What kind of vegetable do you think we should include? How about a fruit?" Then, together
find recipes that use those foods as ingredients. A child who helps choose a food that will be offered is
much more likely to actually eat it.

 Engage your child in meal prep. Invite your children in the kitchen to help prepare your Thanksgiving
meal. For example, ask your toddler to help clean the vegetables, or your school-aged child to help mash
the potatoes, or your teenager to boil the cranberries. When kids help cook food, they often sample what
they are preparing, and are more likely to eat their masterpieces later.

 Use food bridges. Once a food is accepted, find similarly colored, flavored, or textured "food bridges"
to expand the variety of foods your child will eat. For example, if your child likes pumpkin pie, try
including mashed sweet potatoes on his or her Thanksgiving plate.

 Make it look, smell, and taste delicious. Many times kids think that they won't like a food before they
actually try it. By making a Thanksgiving dish look, smell, and taste delicious you up the odds that your
child will try it out, like it, and come back for more. Do this by adding fragrant ingredients such a
nutmeg and cinnamon to cooked apples—for example—or preparing a veggie tray with the vegetables
arranged in the shape of a turkey.

 Keep the mealtime relaxing and enjoyable. Focus on enjoying your time together celebrating this day
of gratitude. Know you have prepared a balanced meal and taken many efforts to engage your children
in the process—increasing the chances of there being at least one food they will like. You have done
your job. Try not to worry if and what your child is eating.

Join Hampstead Hill Academy

Friends and Family Night Out!

Bring this flyer into Tutti Gusti on
Thursday, November 7th
from 3-8pm

10% of Food & Drink purchases
(eat-in or carry out) will be donated to

Hampstead Hill Academy PTO

Come enjoy great food as well as a night out!

Gluten-free options available

Tutti Gusti
3100 Fait Ave.Baltimore.21224


Friday, November 15th at 6pm
Hampstead Hill Academy PTO Happy Hour


There will a 50/50 raffle so bring
cash! There will be some drinks

deals and snacks.
Come before or after the show!

This is for all parents to socialize and get to know each other.
*** This is an event for adults 21 and over. ***

Contact Rachel Douglas at [email protected]
Find us on Facebook: HHA PTO
Instagram: hampsteadhillpto

Please link your VIC card to
Hampstead Hill Academy!

Connect your VIC card to our Together in
Education account and HHA earns. There
is no cost to you. When you shop Harris
Teeter brands, a percentage is donated
back to the school(s) your card is linked to.
There are NO LIMITS to how much a school
can earn. VIC cards just have to be
relinked annually. We can link you, friends,
and/or family automatically if you sign up

Alternatively, you can associate your VIC card yourself by going to
your Harris Teeter account every year and linking to school #2488.



Box Tops is going digital…
you can still find tradition

products. Don't miss out

CLIP: If your package has a traditional Box

Tops clip, cut it o and attach it above. Each
clip is worth 10¢ for our school. Please be
sure each clip has a valid expiration date.



…but during this transition,
nal Box Tops clips on many
t on cash for our school!


SCAN: If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to Name & Homeroom:
scan your store receipt within 14 days of purchase. The app

will find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to

our school's earnings online. No clipping required! ©General Mills

Bring in your clipped Box Tops for Education by Tuesday, November 26th! Hampstead Hill Academy
receives 10 cents per valid or unexpired clipped box top. Complete the sheet at the back of the
newsletter to win a prize! The class that collects the most box tops in November will win the traveling
trophy and a class party (must collect at least 100 box tops as a class).

Box Tops are now DIGITAL! Download the Box Tops App on your smart phone and scan your receipts.
Designate Hampstead Hill Academy as your school when setting up the app. After scanning a receipt,
you can credit a child and homeroom in the “credit” star at the bottom. The child & homeroom will save
in the “credit” section of the app for all future receipts. Please use the following format: “Ben Franklin–
3nd – Knudsen” to ensure your child and class receives credit. The app only allows scan receipts up to 14
days old, so make sure to scan those receipts quickly.

All you have to do is scan – The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly
add cash to HHA’s earnings online. Box Tops for Education regularly provides bonuses in the app such as
double credit for buying more than one product or for a particular store. See the app for more details
and a full list of bonuses.

Check out this video for more information on how the new Box Tops App works!

Some products will still have the clipped box top – please continue to clip those, send them to school
AND scan your receipt (HHA will receive credit for both!). Some products have only the digital image –
clipping those products will not earn HHA any cash, only scanned receipts for those items will earn HHA

Box Tops can be found on products such as:

PaperMate Totinos Boise Paper
Nestle Water Lysol Cascadian Farm
Annie’s Old El Paso Chex Mix
General Mills Cereals Yoplait Go Gurt & Multipack Fiber one
Cheerios Nature Valley Granola LaraBar

For a full list of participating products, please visit


With Patterson Park Audubon Center

Programas con Audubon en Parque

¡Invitamos a su familia a programas sobre naturaleza en

Saturday, November 2nd, 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.

Sábado, 23 Noviembre, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Colores de Otoño

Empezamos en la mesa al lado noreste del lago en el parque
¡Bienvenidos! Audubon imparte este programa educativo y divertido sobre naturaleza. Venga para explorar el parque y

los cambios de las estaciones y como les afectan a los animales y plantas. Se enseña en español.

Friday, November 22nd ∙ Viernes, 22 Noviembre
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Signs of Fall ∙ Señales de Otoño

Meet at the picnic tables on the northeastern shore of the Boat Lake
Empezamos en la mesa al lado noreste del lago en el parque

Ages: 2-5 ∙ Para niños de 2 a 5 años ∙ $5 suggested donation per child, with an adult
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. Space is limited.
Please register in advance: [email protected] or 410.558.2473.
Audubon imparte este programa infantil sobre naturaleza donde los niños exploran artes, juegos, e historias, todo

alrededor de un tema central – ofrecido en español.
Registración: 410.558.2473 o [email protected]

Saturday, November 23rd in Druid Hill Park, 8:00 – 9:30 AM

Meet at 3001 East Drive
Saturday, November 30th in Patterson Park, 8:00 – 9:30 AM
Meet at the fountain, closest to E. Lombard St. and S. Patterson Park Ave.

All ages and abilities welcome! ∙ Free!
Over 200 bird species have visited Patterson Park, an important migratory stopover in Baltimore City! Audubon experts
will lead us in search of avian friends! Bring the whole family! No experience necessary. There is no need to RSVP for this

event, just arrive ready to explore! To borrow binoculars: [email protected] or 410.558.2473.

CeaseFire Baltimore: TAHIRA
Presents LOL: Literacy Out Loud

TAHIRA, an international and critically acclaimed storyteller,
will enthrall children with her tickle-your-funny-bone tales
and delightful sing-along songs.

Tuesday, November 5 4:00 p.m.

Canton Branch The free educational and cultural programs at
Pratt libraries are made possible by the generous
1030 S. Ellwood Avenue support of donors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library. your journey starts here free TO BMORE


Make a Mobile

November 16

3:00 p.m.

String together a work of art.

Canton Branch The free educational and cultural programs at
Pratt libraries are made possible by the generous
1030 S. Ellwood Avenue support of donors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library. your journey starts here free TO BMORE


Craft Lab: Puppets

November 20

4:00 p.m.

Explore methods and materials
for making puppets.

Canton Branch The free educational and cultural programs at
Pratt libraries are made possible by the generous
1030 S. Ellwood Avenue support of donors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library. your journey starts here free TO BMORE




Growth & gratitude



All ages! No registration required!
Take artwork home! All materials included!

3134 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, MD 21224 | 410-276-1651

Baltimore City
Partners for Success: Resource
Center for Families and Schools

NAMI Basics

When: NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program
Saturdays, 10am—2:30pm for parents and family caregivers of children and
Start Date: December 7th teens who are experiencing mental health issues.
End Date: December 21st NAMI Basics covers:

Where:  How to take care of yourself & handle stress
Amazing Grace Lutheran
Church—Wellness Center  Developing the confidence and stamina to
2424 McElderry St., Baltimore, support your child with compassion
MD 21205
 Advocating for your child’s rights at school and
Register to Attend in health care settings
Space is limited and advanced
registration is required. To join,  Learning about current treatments, including
please contact our HelpLine at evidence-based therapies, medications and
(410)-435-2600. side effects

 Gaining an overview of the public mental
health care, school, and juvenile justice sys-

 Understanding the challenges and impact of
mental health conditions on your entire family

6600 York Road, Suite 204 Find us online!
Baltimore, MD 21212
HelpLine: 410-435-2600
Email: [email protected] @NAMI_Baltimore

Elementary & Mi

November Traditional Breakfas

Monday Tuesday Wednesday

Students must select at least 3 food items.
One item must be a serving of fruit or vegetable.

4 5 Turkey Sausage 6 Peach & Raspberry 7
Breakfast Pizza Yogurt 14
Schools Closed Assorted Cold Cereal Crunchy Granola
Graham Crackers Clusters
11 Pancake Peach Cup
Chicken Sausage Black Plum Assorted Cold Cereal
Patty Graham Crackers
Syrup 12 Turkey Sausage Peach Cup
Breakfast Pizza Banana
Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers Assorted Cold Cereal 13 Plain Bagel
Black Plum Graham Crackers Cinnamon Raisin
Ginger Gold Apple Peach Cup Bagel
Black Plum
18 Oatmeal Breakfast Assorted Cold Cereal
Bun Graham Crackers
Peach Cup
Assorted Cold Cereal Banana
Graham Crackers
Apple Slices 19 Turkey Sausage 20 Peach & Raspberry 21
Black Plum Breakfast Pizza Yogurt 28

25 Pancake Assorted Cold Cereal Crunchy Granola
Chicken Sausage Graham Crackers Clusters
Patty Peach Cup
Syrup Black Plum Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers
Assorted Cold Cereal 26 Turkey Sausage Peach Cup
Graham Crackers Breakfast Pizza Banana
Black Plum
Ginger Gold Apple Assorted Cold Cereal 27 Plain Bagel
Graham Crackers Cinnamon Raisin
Peach Cup Bagel
Black Plum
Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers
Peach Cup

This institution is an equal opportunity provid

iddle 2019
st Menu
1 Strawberry Banana
Yogurt Options Available
Daily at Breakfast:
Blueberry Muffin Cold Cereal Options-
Assorted Cold Cereal
Apple Cinnamon
Graham Crackers Cheerios, Multi-Grain
Assorted Fresh Fruit
Cheerios, Original
Chicken Sausage & 8 Cinnamon Glazed Cheerios, Cinnamon
Egg Breakfast French Toast Toast Crunch, Golden
Sandwich Grahams, Honey Kix
Assorted Cold Cereal
Assorted Cold Cereal Graham Crackers 1% White Milk, Fat Free
Graham Crackers White Milk
Banana Assorted Fresh Fruit
Ginger Gold Apple Menu subject to change

Chicken Breakfast 15 Strawberry Banana
Fillet Biscuit Yogurt

Assorted Cold Cereal Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers Graham Crackers
Ginger Gold Apple Assorted Fresh Fruit

Chicken Sausage & 22 Cinnamon Glazed
Egg Breakfast French Toast
Assorted Cold Cereal
Assorted Cold Cereal Graham Crackers
Graham Crackers
Banana Assorted Fresh Fruit
Ginger Gold Apple
Daily Available Breakfast Nutritionals

29 Breakfast Condiments




November Tuesday Wednesday


4 5 Steak Sub on WG Roll 6 Chicken Burrito Bowl 7
Cheese Steak Sub Sour Cream 14
Early Dismissal Hummus Plate
At Green Beans Tuna Salad
Side Salad Saltine Crackers
12:35 Falafel on Flat Bread
12 Chicken Cheese Steak Fiesta Taco Black
11 Hamburger on Bun Sub
Cheeseburger on Bun Beans
Veggie Burger on Deli Sandwich Side Salad
WG Hamburger Bun Hummus Plate
Vegetarian Beans Veggie Wrap 13 Tangerine Chicken
Side Salad Brown Rice
Corn Tuna Salad
Side Salad
Saltine Crackers
Falafel on Flat Bread

Steamed Carrots
Side Salad

18 Fish Nuggets 19 Beef Nachos 20 Breaded Chicken Patty 21
Macaroni and Cheese Sour Cream Sandwich
Deli Sandwich
Veggie Burger on Hummus Plate Tuna Salad Saltine
WG Hamburger Bun Pinto Beans Side Crackers Falafel on
Green Beans
Salad Flat Bread Corn
Side Salad
Side Salad

25 Breaded Cheese Sticks 26 Hamburger on Bun 27 Cheese Pizza 28
Marinara Sauce Cup Cheeseburger on Bun Turkey Pepperoni
Deli Sandwich Hummus Plate Pizza Tuna
Veggie Burger on Oven Fries Salad Saltine
WG Hamburger Bun Crackers
Corn Side Salad
Falafel on Flat Bread
Side Salad Carrot Sticks Side

This institution is an equal opportunity provide



Thursday Friday

1 Cheese Pizza Daily Available Lunch Options
Turkey Pepperoni
Pizza Milk Options:
Carrot Sticks 1% White Milk, Fat Free
Side Salad
White Milk, Fat Free
Breaded Drumstick 8 Cheese Pizza Sometimes Chocolate Milk,
Vegetable rice Turkey Pepperoni
Deli Sandwich Pizza Fat Free Strawberry Milk
Veggie Wrap Carrot Sticks Seasonal Fresh Fruit
Side Salad
Seasoned Greens Apples, oranges, pears
Side Salad and bananas

Spiral Rotini w/Italian 15 Cheese Pizza All rolls, breads, and tortillas
Meat Sauce Turkey Pepperoni are made with whole grain.
Veggie Wrap Pizza
Broccoli Carrot Sticks Menu is subject
Side Salad Side Salad change.

Sliced Turkey 22 Cheese Pizza Milk
Gravy Turkey Pepperoni
Pizza Condiments
Stuffing, WG Carrot Sticks
Veggie Wrap Side Salad
Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Seasoned Greens Side



Lunch Daily Available Nutritionals


November 2019 HHA Activities

Monday, November 4, 2019 Monday, November 11, 2019
 12:35pm - 1:35pm
 12:55pm - 2:35pm Early Dismissal  Individual Picture Day
 4:30pm - 6pm Parent/Teacher Conferences
 4:30pm - 6pm Junior Girl Scouts  Afterschool Snack Sale to Benefit
Brownies & Daisies
Tuesday, November 5, 2019  2:40pm - 3:15pm Coach Class Schultz
 7:30am - 8am Coach Class Kaplan
 2:40pm - 3:40pm Coach Class Kleine  2:40pm - 4:20pm Gr 4 Emerging Scholars
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Debate
 2:40pm - 4pm Session 1 STEAM  2:40pm - 4pm Girls on the Run
 2:45pm - 4pm Coach Class Luthers
 2:45pm - 5pm Green Leaders  2:40pm - 4pm Lego We Do
 2:45pm - 4:30pm Grs 2-5 Soccer
 2:50pm - 3:30pm Coach Class Pratta  2:40pm - 4:30pm Play Rehearsal
 3pm - 5pm Creative Alliance STEAM
 3pm - 4pm Flag Football at DuBurns  2:45pm - 4pm Chess Club
 3pm - 4:30pm Play Auditions
 6pm - 7pm Cub Scouts  2:45pm - 3:30pm Coach Class O'Connor

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 Coach Class Ruppenthal  2:50pm - 3:50pm French Class
 7:15am - 8am Gr 3 Emerging Scholars
 2:40pm - 4:20pm Girls on the Run  4:30pm - 6pm Brownies & Daisies
 2:40pm - 4pm French (Make-up)
 2:50 – 3:50pm Open Doors  5:30pm - 6pm Chat With Matt
 2:45pm - 4pm Diversity Club
 2:50pm - 4pm Audition Call Backs  6pm - 7pm PTO Meeting
 3pm - 4:30pm High School Parent Meeting
 5:30pm - 6:30pm Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Coach Class Kaplan
Coach Class Sparwasser  PreK Audubon Coach Class Kleine
Thursday, November 7, 2019 B'More Green Club  7:30am - 8am Debate
 7:30am - 8am Gr 2 Emerging Scholars  2:40pm - 3:40pm Session 1 STEAM
 2:40pm - 4pm Lego Simple Machines  2:40pm - 4:30pm Coach Class Luthers
 2:40pm - 4:20pm Culinary Arts Club Gr 6-8  2:40pm - 4pm Green Leaders
 2:40pm - 4pm Grs 2-5 Soccer  2:45pm - 4pm Grs 2-5 Soccer
 2:45pm - 4pm Coach Class Costello  2:45pm - 5pm Builders Club
 2:45pm - 4:30pm Coach Class Lohrman  2:45pm - 4:30pm Coach Class Pratta
 2:50pm - 3:15pm Spanish Class  2:50pm - 4pm Cub Scouts
 2:50pm - 3:30pm Audition Call Backs  2:50pm - 3:30pm Cadettes
 2:50pm - 3:50pm Creative Alliance STEAM  6pm - 7pm
 3pm - 4:30pm Flag Football at the park  6pm - 7pm
 3pm - 5pm PTO Tutti Gusti Night
 3pm - 4pm Community Arts Night Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Coach Class Ruppenthal
 3pm - 8pm  7:15am - 8am Gr 7 & 8 Trip
 5:30 – 7pm LGP Recognition Ceremony  9am - 1pm Play Rehearsal
Fun Friday  2:40pm - 4:30pm Gr 3 Emerging Scholars
Friday, November 8, 2019 Hip Hop Dance  2:40pm - 4:20pm Girls on the Run
 Gr 3 Audubon  2:40pm - 4pm
 8:10am - 9:05am
 2pm - 2:40pm Thursday, November 14, 2019
 2:50pm - 3:50pm
 $1 to Wear Red, White or Blue to Benefit

 Report Card Sent Home

 7:30am - 8am Coach Class Sparwasser

 11:45am - 1:15pm Gr 4 Field Trip

 2:40pm - 4:20pm Gr 2 Emerging Scholars

 2:45pm - 4pm Culinary Arts Club Gr 6-8

 2:45pm - 4:30pm Grs 2-5 Soccer

 2:50pm - 3:15pm Coach Class Costello

 2:50pm - 3:30pm Coach Class Lohrman

 2:50pm - 3:50pm Spanish Class

 3:15pm - 4:15pm Strong Schools Mtg

 6pm – 7pm Tai Qi

Friday, November 15, 2019 LGP Community Circle
 Purple Friday Fun Friday
 8:10am - 9:05am Play Rehearsal
 2:10pm - 2:40pm Hip Hop Dance
 2:40pm - 4:30pm PTO Happy Hour
 2:50pm - 3:50pm
 6pm - 7pm

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