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January 2019 HHA Parent News Magazine

January 2019 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 “The opposite of poverty is not wealth. The opposite
of poverty is justice.” ― Bryan Stevenson
410.396.9146 tele. 410.396.3637 fax As 2019 begins, administrators and teachers want to
thank you for sending your child to HHA and for
Matt Hornbeck, Principal [email protected] helping make our school great. School is about
John Paz, Assistant Principal [email protected] learning, dreaming and getting ready for the next
grade, high school, college and eventually a good job.
Cassandra Bailey, Assistant Principal [email protected] It is also about motivating each other to do our very
best. The best teachers and students work and learn
Hampstead Hill Academy at HHA, and we are grateful to have your family as a
is operated by the Baltimore Curriculum Project, a local nonprofit part of our family.

organization celebrating more than a decade Martin Luther King Day is fast approaching. His
message of freedom, non-violence and justice
of service and student learning in Baltimore. resonate today. We seek peace abroad, economic
security at home and kindness in our neighborhoods
Laura Doherty, President and schools. In the New Year, we hope for just and fair
[email protected] police enforcement and answers to address the
John McGill, Director of Academic Affairs murders in Baltimore City. We hope for sensible and
[email protected] humane immigration enforcement that targets
dangerous criminals and permits families to live, work, and attend church and school in peace. We
hope the work of the Kirwan Commission and Strong
HHA Parent News Magazine is published monthly for the families and Schools Maryland add up to a world-class system of
community of Hampstead Hill Academy public schools that are adequately and equitably
funded, even as full funding will take years to achieve.
Editor We hope for more space to increase the numbers of
Geraldine Swann HHA families and thus expand our wonderful school.
Director of Community Outreach Finally, we hope that the New Year brings you and
yours joy, peace and love. Happy 2019!
Matt Hornbeck, Principal

Magazine contributions from:
HHA staff

Club coordinators
Community Organizations



 1/3, PTO Tutti Gusti Night 3-8 pm

 1/4, Purple Friday What’s Inside…
 1/8, PTO Meeting 6 pm
 1/10, Drag Queen Bingo 7 pm Top News Stories page 3
 1/11, Middle School Dance 4:30 pm
 1/15, Latino Support Group 8 am  Current HHA information along with
 1/15, Cub Scout Interest Meeting 6:30 pm upcoming events
 1/16, School Family Council 3pm
 1/16, Strong Schools Maryland Meeting 4 pm News from the Teams page 7

 What your child is doing in class along
with resource, enrichment and ESOL

Club/Activities News page 12

 Updates and announcements for the
many clubs offered at HHA

 1/16, Decoding Dyslexia 7 pm Family Information page 15
 1/18, PTO Happy Hour Silk’s 6 pm
 Issues important to our parents on a
variety of subjects

 1/21, School Closed Martin Luther King Day PTO News page 17
 1/22, 29, 31, Parent ESOL Class 8 am
 News from the Parent/Teacher
Organization at HHA

 1/24, Student Celebration Night 5:30 pm Let Us Know What You are
 1/25, School Closed Professional Development Thinking page 19
 1/26, Parent Musical Meeting 2 pm
 Use this form for any question,
comment, concern or suggestion you
may have

 1/28, Second Quarter Ends

 1/28-2/1, After School Snack Sale

 1/28, Padres Unidos/Strong Schools 8 am

 1/29, Group Tour 8:30 am



The HHA website has a new look. Check out Parents can view information on school
policies and procedures; staff contact information, a
calendar of upcoming events and much more. You can
link directly to Facebook, join the HHA email list and
contact us with any question you may have. Please take a
few minutes to see the information available at your




Congratulations to staff and students for their hard work in achieving this remarkable accomplishment! There are 1,449 schools in Maryland and
only 219 Five Star Schools. Baltimore is home to three 5 Star Schools - Poly, the School for the Arts and HHA! Our staff was quick to note that HHA
is the only elementary or middle school to earn the highest rating in the City. Go HHA! Below are articles relating to the 5 Star Rating:

 Article on new MSDE Star Rating System mentioning HHA:

 Sun editorial that hits the right notes on equity:

 Sun article on stars, CEO Santelises promises changes:

 WBAL’s Tim Tooten visited HHA :

 The Baltimore Sun’s Talia Richman wrote this article featuring HHA:



Spread the word to family, friends and neighbors – HHA is hosting a group tour Tuesday, January 29th at 8:30 am for
prospective school families. This is a time to stop in and hear about the school and to see our students learning. To reserve a
space, please contact Geri Swann at [email protected] or call 410.396.9146.


Schools are closed Monday, January 21st in recognition of the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remember, Dr. King’s day is a “day on,
not a day off.” There are volunteer and service opportunities throughout the Baltimore metro area. This is a great day for HHA middle school
students to meet their LGP service learning requirements for 2nd quarter and add to the hours they will need to graduate from high school. There
are several service opportunities available in our area on this day. Please check out and look at
the information below.


After a busy and hopefully relaxing holiday season, we return to the On bad weather days, you can check the news stations regarding
comfort of routine. Please make certain that your child gets back on delays and closings or you can go to:
a good sleep schedule and arrives at school by 8 am each day ready
to learn. As a reminder, 2nd quarter grades close Wednesday,  – information will be posted on the
January 28th. Parents should ask their children and their teachers if
there are any missing or incomplete assignments that need to be opening page
made up before the quarter closes. You can contact a staff member
at the school phone number or by e-mail. HHA e-mail addresses are  -
online at
information will be the top post

 Bookmark these two web addresses for easy access.



Our students are in danger when any car double parks or stops to let
children out in the middle of the street, especially on the other side Please join us Thursday, January 24th from
of the street in front of the school. Stopping in the middle of the 5:30-7:30 pm for Student Celebration Night. This is an
street impedes traffic and results in cars swerving around the parked evening for parent/teacher conferences to discuss
car, which causes an incredibly dangerous situation and puts our your child’s individual academic success and/or
children at risk. There have been several close calls reported online challenges. Our teachers want to meet with every
and to HHA. Not only is double parking illegal and subject to an family. Therefore, these conferences are not just to
immediate $252 fine but the pain and suffering that an injured child, discuss concerns, but to share the great things your
their family, and the person who did not see the child dart out into child is doing at school. Detailed information
traffic would be traumatizing for all parties. Just don’t do it! Please regarding this event will be sent home shortly.
park your car and walk to drop off and pick up your child.

A limited number of income-eligible scholarships to attend the Spread the word to family and friends that applications for the
Coppermine afterschool camp at DuBurns Arena are available. Staff, lottery and pre-kindergarten are available at HHA. The lottery is
from this premium sports’ camp, pick up students at 2:40 pm at held for students at all grade levels who do not live in the zoned
school. However, there is no return trip. Parents must pick up at area for the school. If you do not live in this area and would like for
DuBurns Arena. Special thanks to Mark Larkin of Coppermine for your child to attend HHA, you can pick up an application at school or
making these scholarships available. Please see Ms. Swann or e-mail visit this link
her at [email protected] The lottery will take place Tuesday, February 12th at 3 pm.

2ND QUARTER REPORT CARDS ISSUED Principal Hornbeck shown with Principal Williams


Principal Hornbeck was honored to host legendary Principal Gertrude
Williams for a visit with administrators, coaches and staff, as well as a
tour of classrooms. Principal Williams served as a teacher, counselor,
assistant principal and principal for nearly 50 years. At 91, she is
sharp as a tack. She greeted students on the green top and then
twice walked all three floors of the school. Principal Williams made
keen comments on our instructional practices and offered great
feedback for staff. In her opinion, HHA is “clearly a plus school.” You
can learn more about this fierce advocate for children from her book
Education As My Agenda.

Here is a summary of the book: “When Gertrude Williams retired in
1998, after forty-nine years in the Baltimore public schools, the
Baltimore Sun called her "the most powerful of principals" who
"tangled with two superintendents and beat them both." In this oral
memoir, Williams identifies the essential elements of sound
education and describes the battles she waged to secure those
elements, first as teacher, then a counselor and for twenty-five
years, as principal. She also described her own education - growing
up black in a largely white Germantown, Pennsylvania; studying black
history and culture for the first time at Cheyney State Teachers
College; and meeting the rigorous demands of the program which
she graduated from in 1949. In retracing her career, Williams
examines the highs and lows of urban public education since World
War II. She is at once an outspoken critic and spirited advocate of the
system to which she devoted her life.” To purchase her book, visit



The latest from public school advocates at SSM: “Strong Schools Maryland is deeply disappointed in the decision to delay funding of the Kirwan
recommendations by the Governor and legislative leadership of Maryland. The Commission recommends a $3.8 billion policy proposal that would
fund education initiatives from birth to college and career. The Kirwan Commission will not determine the foundation formula in time for the 2019
legislative session according to a letter written to the Commission by Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch. Our schools
cannot wait another year. And so, our objective remains to enact the policy recommendations with funding that follows the 10-year
implementation plan. Strong Schools Maryland stands ready to advocate for passage of the Kirwan policy package and additional sources of
revenue this legislative session. We have organized for this moment for two years. We are ready to advocate, with you, for our children and for a
world-class education for all of Maryland’s school children.” HHA’s two “Teams of Ten” meet monthly in the morning, after school or in the
evening to educate themselves about the needs and costs associated with building world-class public education system. Want to be a part of the
work or just write a letter to your elected official? We need you! Contact HHA’s SSM Leader Jill Vasbinder-Morrison at [email protected] for
more information.

BUILD Principals Action with elected representatives - Principal Hornbeck spoke to elected officials in front of his colleagues and
members of the HHA community at a recent event to push for fully funding the Kirwan commission recommendations.


A reminder that pets are strictly prohibited on school property. If you or a neighbor walks by with a pet on
the way to or from the park, that is fine. However, you may not bring your pet to drop off or pick up. Some
students are scared or allergic to some pets, which is why the rule is in place.


We are treading water when it comes to plans to expand HHA. As you well know by now, BCP and HHA are
interested in serving more students in intermediate and middle grades at 801 South Highland Avenue
location. The delegation and district leadership are willing to have the building operated as a school by the
Baltimore Curriculum Project and HHA. City Hall, North Avenue, the 46th District Delegation, the Canton
Community Association, the Brewer’s Hill Community Association, the Latino Provider’s Network, and HHA’s
staff, parents and teachers have all been very encouraging over these last few years. Remaining questions include when to conduct a second
feasibility study to turn on all of the HVAC, electrical, and other systems to determine more precise costs. The district wants to ensure that the
building will remain a school for decades to come, which would be part of any agreement to lease the site to BCP. Details will follow in future

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. mWe also
are accepting gently worn uniform pieces only. Please bring the items to the office.



The middle school volleyball team just completed an undefeated
season. Last year, the team finished second in the city, after losing to
the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women in the championship
game. This year, the girls earned a rematch. After finishing the season
undefeated, the volleyball team hosted the championship game. HHA
won the first game, but lost the second, setting up a final third game for
the match. HHA won the final game, 15-10, winning the match and
taking home the championship. Congratulations to Coach Benita Vargas
and all the girls on the championship team.

Volleyball team is shown holding the championship trophy

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.



Ms. Klenk and Ms. Kaminaris - Welcome back from winter break, and thank you to all parents who attended or donated food items for the PreK
winter holiday celebration! Students and families had a great time listening to the reading of the Gingerbread Man and decorating gingerbread
cookies. For January, students will learn about animals, with a focus on winter animals and habitats such as the arctic and tundra. They will also
begin the math unit on numbers 6-10. By the end of the unit, students should be able to recognize numbers 6-10, count sets of 6-10 items,
compare sets of different quantities and count in different configurations (circle, straight line and array). As a reminder, please make sure your
child has a LABELED coat to wear to school. Throughout the
winter months, unless it is extremely cold, students will go
outside twice a day. Students should have winter gear to
keep them warm for approximately 20 minutes. Also,
please continue to remind students to wash their hands
regularly to keep from getting sick! Thank you for your

KINDERGARTEN Kindergarten students had a fun time visiting the
Highlandtown Train Garden
Ms. Douglas, Ms. Maciel and Ms. Wallis - Students will
read about winter, plants and problem solving. They will
also practice shapes and counting as well as addition and
subtraction facts. Additionally, they will get 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. Also, 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. As a reminder, students have recess everyday
so please dress your child accordingly!



Ms. Bierley, Ms. Clary and Ms. Smith – Students have been doing various writing projects and are making
huge gains in their writing skills. They have also continued to learn about the solar system and will create
their own planet based on their knowledge of the existing planets. They are looking forward to their in-class
Audubon experience on January 18th. Ask your child about adaptation artistry to find out about their
experience. The first grade team would like to send a big thank you to the PTO for granting so many of their
wishes! The items received will be used by students in class. The students enjoyed visiting the Highlandtown
Train Garden, and will go on a field trip next month. Information about this trip will be sent home shortly.
Please remember to send a healthy snack to school each day. If you would like to make donations, please
see your child’s teacher for suggestions. Also, the children go outside each day for recess. Make sure your
child comes to school dressed warm and is able to fasten their own coats. Even when the temperatures are
low, the exercise and fresh air are important.

GRADE 2 1st grade student learns
how animals use
Ms. Bonner, Ms. LaBella and Ms. Weber - Students have been learning about Ancient Asian Civilizations.
This includes religion, Asian folklore and geography. The next subject will be Ancient Greek Civilizations. The camouflage to stay safe
students are also looking forward to their in-class Audubon experience on February 1st. Ask your child about

the “Birding Beat” to learn about their experience. Make sure your child is doing homework each night, and

please check your child's agenda book and folder for important information. Also, remember to send a healthy snack to school each day. As much

as we appreciate donated snacks, students like to eat their own items. As a reminder, the children go outside each day for recess. Make sure your

child comes to school dressed warm and is able to fasten their own coats. Even when the temperatures are low, the exercise and fresh air are

important. There is an upcoming field trip to The Franklin Institute on Wednesday, January 30th. Permission slips have been sent home. If you have

not returned your child’s permission slip and money, please send to school as soon as possible. The 2nd grade team would like to thank the HHA

PTO for their generous contribution towards the cost of this trip.


Reading – Ms. Kaplan: 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 story elements with your child -
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 continue to work on writing
clear paragraphs with more complex sentences. In social studies, students are
finishing the unit and preparing to start science. Homework will continue to go
home on Mondays to be turned in by that Friday.

Math - Ms. Knudsen: Students are mastering facts for 6, 7 and 8 multiplication and
division. They have begun to learn and practice the steps for long division and
continue to work on multi-step word problems with more than one operation.
Please continue to practice multiplication facts at home.


Reading – Ms. Schultz: Some students are reading the fiction text, Adventures on
the Rocky Ridge, and others are reading a biography of Jackie Robinson. All students
are being challenged to show their comprehension of the text through conversation
and short responses and respond to text in writing. Please reach out to Ms. Schultz
at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Language/Social Studies – Ms. Costello: Students are currently learning how to

explain why different arguments are faulty. In addition, they are learning how to

create summary sentences that capture the main idea of several longer sentences. In

social studies, students just completed their cumulative test on units 1-4. They will 4th grade students recently had a learning field
now begin science.

trip to Fort McHenry

Math – Ms. Aldous: Some students are finishing fractions and moving into

measurements. They will convert, add, subtract, multiply and divide measurements

as well as write measurements as a fraction of a larger unit. Some students have finished measurements and are preparing for the mid-year test

that will cover all material learned. After the mid-year test, they will move into geometry.



Reading – Ms. Steinhardt: Students have been working
towards writing an explanatory essay by practicing and
honing their ability to analyze a text. After reading a text,
students have been required to "dig deeper" and ask
themselves, "So what? Who cares?" By developing these
higher-order thinking skills, students will be able to write a
thoughtful and well-written literary analysis. 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!

Language/Science – Mr. Small: Students are learning about

different parts of speech; nouns, verbs and demonstrative

adjectives. They will begin to talk about figurative language 5th grade students create simulations of the human heart using tubing,

such as similes, comparing two nouns using “like” or “as.”

Hopefully students will find similes as easy as pie! water, one-way valves, cup and bottles

In science, students will begin Earth Science. They will begin

by exploring light and how it creates shadows, as well as the difference between day and night. They will look at the night sky in simulation and

determine why they can only see certain constellations in certain times of the year. They will also explore why certain celestial bodies like planets

or stars seem bigger or smaller, and get an understanding of how big or how far something is from us.

Math – Ms. O’Connor: Students have finished work with multi-digit whole numbers, decimal multiplication and long division. They will now work
with adding and subtracting like and unlike fractions. Soon, students will begin their second portfolio project, in which they will create an
"Equivalent Fraction Pizza." Following work with adding and subtracting fractions, they will move into multiplication and division of fractions.


Humanities – Mr. Farber: Students are currently hard at work on their National History Day
projects, which are due on January 24th. They are finishing their research and works cited lists
and will start to actually create their websites or exhibits. They will also complete the books
they have been reading for homework, Walk Two Moons for the Blue Jays and Romeo and
Juliet for the Broncos and Gophers.

Math – Ms. Herrera: In Advanced Math, students continue 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 continue in 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 will continue to investigate the question, “Where have all 6th grade students investigate winter
the creatures gone?” They have identified various species whose populations have decreased habitats at Patterson Park
and have investigated the potential causes of the change in population. Dall sheep, red
legged frogs, trees and trout are just a few organisms they have researched in order to
determine the cause of their population decline. Can you think of any reasons the
populations of many species have decreased within the last 30 years? Discuss your thoughts
and ideas with your child.


Language Arts – Ms. Locke-Jones: Students have just finished their research section of their National History Day project. They will begin to build
their website or exhibit. Students will complete the project by January 18th and present it on January 24th.

Math – Mr. White: Students will start the Ratio and Proportional Relationships Unit. Students will compute unit rates and complex fractions. They
will identify proportional relationships from tables, graphs and equations, and will also explore percentages (rates of change, percent increase and
decrease, discounts, taxes, commissions, discounts and fees).


Science – Ms. Thomas: Students will complete the sexuality education curriculum. This year's program will take the place of the Planned
Parenthood curriculum implemented in past years. An overview of the "Three R’s: Rights, Respect and Responsibility" curriculum, as well as
individual lessons, can be found at In the second half of the month, students will begin the life science unit: What Is
Going On Inside Me? In this unit, students will work with microscopes and learn about the digestive, respiratory, skeletal, muscular and immune


Language Arts – Ms. Kosmer: Students have finished the research on their National History Day topic. The project due date is January 18th. For
the first two weeks of January, they will use their research to begin the construction of their National History Day project. To finish the 2nd quarter,
they will have an annotated bibliography, unifying paragraph, process paper and NHD presentation. They are very excited about these
presentations, and look forward to celebrating their hard work!

Algebra 1 – Ms. Luthers: Students will continue extending their understanding of functions and linear equations. They will explore different linear
equations, arithmetic and geometric sequences and systems of equations. Students are filling in some Pre-Algebra gaps as they learn about
Algebra content and Prodigy (a game that students can play at home). Students, also, have Khan Academy assignments that they can complete. Ask
your student, what the formula for slope intercept form is and point slope form.

Pre-Algebra – Ms. Luthers: Students will have two more weeks of Geometry. They will learn about transversals and angle measures. After
completing geometry, students will be introduced to Algebra. They will learn to perform multi-step equations and systems of equations. Be
prepared to ask your student about creating equations to represent real-world situations.

Science – Mr. Cobb: During the first two weeks of January, students will participate in “Rights, Respect, Responsibility,” a sexual health curriculum
for students in grade 8. Mr. Cobb and Ms. Seymour will facilitate sessions that cover topics that include healthy decision-making and relationships,
sexual orientation and gender identity, sexual abuse and assault, consent and birth control. Students will end the month by finishing the chemistry
unit, How does food provide my body with energy? Students will complete a recipe analysis project and write their mid-year CER.


One great aspect of the LGP program is that it motivates students to continue to reach for higher goals. Just being on level means students have
met college readiness standards for their behavior, grades and service. With 73% of our students reaching a LGP level first quarter, students can
now strive to reach even higher levels. The highest LGP level is Platinum; students
must earn a 3.9 GPA, 95% on Class Dojo and complete six or more hours of
community service. Thirty seven of our students reached these incredibly high
standards during the first quarter.

As an unexpected reward, a surprise Platinum Breakfast was held for these
students. Platinum leaders were treated to a warm breakfast, some holiday music
and decorations by Mr. Plunk. Students deserve the reward for a job well done.
Students will attend a Platinum field trip later in the year. Students must be on
Platinum level two out of the first three quarters to qualify for the trip. We are so
proud of our Platinum Leaders.

Students had a fun time at breakfast celebrating
their Platinum Leadership Level



Ms. Kannam: PreK and kindergarten classes have enjoyed traveling Ms. Durkin: Students in PreK and kindergarten are rehearsing a
around the world and learning about different cultures and animals, story theatre play of Stone Soup. Students in grades 1-8 are writing
and grade 1 and 2 students have been checking out lots of books! original plays to submit to Center Stage's Young Playwright's
Keep encouraging your child to visit the library any day they need a Festival. Fifteen plays have already been submitted on a range of
new book. This month, grade 3-8 students participated in the topics including picking up trash, stop bullying and ending
international Hour of Code initiative to have all students learn about discrimination. If you'd like to be the first to find out about local and
the ever-changing and influential language of coding. Want to code school theatre events, please join the new HHA Theatre Events
with your child or have them code at home? Visit Remind by going to



Mr. Garner: Music students will start the New Year with new music Ms. Norris: In PreK and kindergarten, students have been working
and a renewed focus on fundamentals. Scales and rhythm will be a on steady beat by first finding their own steady tempo and then
large proponent of January’s work as well as reading through new learning to match another person's tempo. Grade 1 and 2 students
music. Beginners will continue pushing through their respective have been learning to be leaders in Move It dances. These dances
books and work on new rhythms and notes. reinforce form and expression and often have a silly unspoken story
that goes with them. Grade 3 and 4 students are continuing to write
PHYSICAL EDUCATION music that they hear. Dictation is both fun and challenging. See if
your child can speak to their rhythms. Upper grade students
Ms. Donovan: PreK and kindergarten students have started their continue to work on projects. Grade 5 and 6 students are doing
throwing and rolling unit, and elementary grade students are research on composers. They are picking their own composer and
focusing on basic skills. Middle school students practice both basic finding out information about their life and the time in which they
skills and game and game-like activities. All grade 1-8 students are lived. Ask your student about their composer. Grade 7 students
participating in a lacrosse unit. completed their musical compositions. They have worked on writing
songs using I, IV and V chords, using chord tones and non-chord
tones in the composition. Ask them to play their composition for
you. Grade 8 students are working on the birth of Rock and
Roll. They continue to look at Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and the
travel of the blues from the south to the north.


Ms. Butcher: The winter Art Show was a true success. There were so many beautiful winter art
projects on display at the show. The talent at HHA is extraordinary!


Ms. Demas: PreK and kindergarten students are tasting a variety of healthy foods like broccoli
and Brussels sprouts, and focusing on the alphabet and letter sounds of foods. Grade 1 students
are learning how to classify foods on MyPlate and making broccoli stir fry, oatmeal, yogurt
parfaits and hummus. Grade 3 students are learning how to use measuring spoons and season
foods with herbs and spices. They are making spice mixtures for popcorn and inventing their own
recipes. Grade 5 and 7 students are learning how to make a variety of tortilla-based dishes and
are creating their own recipes. All student-created recipes will be tested and rated by other
students. Winning recipes will go into the HHA cookbook.

With the help of
Ms. Butcher,

students created
beautiful works of
art for the Winter
Community Arts

Night, and with
the help of
Ms. Veronica

Piskor they made
houses for the

Community Arts




Ms. Riorda: Students are actively engaged in continuing their outdoor educational experiences.
Elementary explorers are learning about animal adaptations and have the opportunity to
investigate migration, hibernation, camouflage and other key adaptations that help animals to
survive in their habitats. Grade 5 students are learning about natural resources and are
investigating the sustainable use of our nonrenewable resources with an emphasis on the use of
renewable resources such as solar, wind and water. Middle school students are studying about
buoyancy and are building connections between density, mass, surface area and water
displacement by researching and then building their own flotation devices. The devices are then
tested in the Patterson Park Boat Lake.

ENRICHMENT NEWS In Nature Exploration, 7th grade
students build a flotation device
Ms. Guitian and Ms. Burt: Kindergarten students have been learning about area. They have used
square units and right triangles to identify the area of given shapes. Grade 1 math students have
also been learning how to identify the area of a given shape. They created name tags on graph
paper to figure out the area of their names. Grade 2-4 students have been working on math
projects, using choice menus that connect to what they have learned in their regular math
classes. They had a blast sharing their puzzles and games with classmates during the days before
winter break. Come by room 125 to see many of the projects on display. Grade 1-4 students are
immersed in independent reading (S.I.R.). Ask your student about their SIR logs, talk about the
‘cool words’ they discover, help them choose appropriate books and start a discussion about their
book using one of their SIR bookmark questions.


Ms. Shaffer: January 4th is World Braille Day! World Braille Day celebrates the birth of Louis Braille, inventor of the reading and writing system
used by millions of blind and partially sighted people all over the globe. Though not a public holiday in any country, World Braille Day provides an
opportunity for teachers, charities and non-government organizations to raise awareness about issues facing the blind and the importance of
continuing to produce works in Braille, providing the blind with access to the same reading and learning opportunities as the sighted.


Ms. Bailin, Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Hicks and Mr. LaBarr: Starting the week of January 7th, ESOL students will take the ACESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment.
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure, large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to K-12 grade students who have been identified
as English Language Learners (ELLs). It is given annually to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. This test assesses each of the
four language domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Testing, for the majority of students, will take place for only 2 weeks starting at
8:20 am. Please make sure that your student is well-rested, has breakfast and is on time for school to ensure that they are well-prepared to take
this assessment.


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


If you are interested in your child joining Cub Scouts, there will be an
informational meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30 pm. Cub Scouting is
fun for the whole family. In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right
now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on
learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life. Cub Scouts is for girls and boys in
grades kindergarten-5. This meeting is open to parents and their children who want to be part of Cub Scouts at HHA.




Grade 2 scholars continue to strengthen their skills in Geometry playing games to identify new
vocabulary, including shapes, area, angles and lines. Grade 3 scholars built their own “sling-shot
cars” using popsicles sticks. They were challenged to redesign their cars to roll as far as possible.
Grade 4 scholars learned about the difference between “geocentric” and “heliocentric” and have
started an independent research project on our solar system.


Diversity Club will resume in the New Year!
Please encourage your child to join the club by
getting a permission slip from Ms. Luthers.

BUILDERS CLUB A 3rd grade Emerging Scholar constructs
a sling-shot car

The Builders Club had a very busy December. The members went shopping at Target to purchase items for the University of Maryland Child Life
Center. They bought toys and prizes for children from infants to teens. Some of the favorite finds were card games, nail polish and Lego building
sets. The members also made their monthly visit to Future Care, and made gingerbread house ornaments with the residents. Everyone had a great
time! The last big event was Ugly Sweater Day. The members made posters and announcements to get everyone excited about the event that
raised money for their next shopping adventure for the hospital. The Builders Club would like to say thank you to everyone who participated in
Ugly Sweater Day and to the school community for their support.

Students take part in Ugly Sweater Day and the Builders Club Coordinators and members shop at Target to buy items for
patients at the University of Maryland Child Life Center

AUDUBON GREEN LEADERS Green Leaders compete in teams to see who can pick up the
most trash around the school. Although picking up litter is
After learning about the widespread impacts of climate change on not a direct climate action, students still love helping their
wildlife and climate injustices on people, Audubon Green Leaders have
explored the science behind climate change. They came to understand community in this way!
the natural carbon cycle by doing the “photosynthesis-respiration
ballet” and going on a “carbon journey.” Students saw how more
carbon stayed in the atmosphere after the industrial revolution. But,
how do we know this is not normal? How do we know what past
atmospheres and climates were like? Students learned about
paleoclimatology, the study of past climates. Travelling to different
stations, they experienced how the ice, ocean floor, microfossils, cave
rocks and glaciers are like “photographs” that capture conditions of the
past. In the last week of school in December, students finished the fall
session of Green Leaders. During the closing ceremony, students
expressed that Green Leaders is “a place where they can come and
have fun and learn at the same time,” and they “get to be themselves,
meet new people and help the environment.” Applications for spring
2019 will go out in the middle of February.



The first session of STEAM Club was a lot of fun! All of the STEAM Club students did a great job exploring and experimenting with many challenging
activities. At the end of this session, students were able to create slime, construct gingerbread houses, test out rocket ship designs and much more.
Thank you to the wonderful STEAM Club teachers for making this all happen. Session 2 will begin on January 17th for students who receive a
permission slip after winter break.


Registration for the spring 2019 session of Girls on the Run (GOTR) will open January 21st. If you register your child, you will
be notified via email if your child was selected as part of the lottery (random drawing by GOTR headquarters) to be on the
team. The season will then begin on February 4th with practices held Mondays and Thursdays 2:40-4 pm from 2/4 - 4/29.
The final 5k will take place at Druid Hill Park on 4/27/19. Please make sure your child is available for these dates prior to
registration. A donation of $25 per girl is suggested. However, scholarships are available. Please contact Amanda Smith at
[email protected] for any further questions or for financial support.


Culinary Arts Club for students in grades 3-5 will begin Thursday, January 24th. This is a cooking club that meets from 2:45-4 pm from 1/24 - 3/7.
Students will learn how to prepare foods from around the world and will cook and serve food during International Night on March 7th. If you would
like your child to participate, please email Ms. Demas [email protected] There will be a lottery if more than 12 students want to
participate. A permission slip will be sent home if your child is selected in the lottery.

[email protected]

If you do not receive emails from Ms. Swann at Hampstead
Hill Academy, please visit and click the
“Join Our Email List.”


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 December are:

Adarkwah-Yiadom, Jaden Kofi Deleon, Alex Nicholson, Cameron
Aguilar-Garcia, Maritza Fawcett, Helena Nieves, Mateo
Andino Urbina, Diego Garcia Alvarado, Jefry Prioleau, Paul
Arias Mendoza, Judith Gover, Hailee Rameriz Urbina, Katherine
Armando, Jordi Griffin, Adrian Rivera, Marcus
Burger, Henry Hampton-Glunde, Julius Rogers, Teaghan
Bussey, Joseph Hernandez-Ramirez, Ivan Rosa, Cecilia
Campos, Giovanni Herndon, Terrance Scott, Isaiyah
Cannizzaro, Aria Hines, Parker Shah, Bria
Cano Martinez, Ashley Huerta-Machuca, Gustavo Soto, Eric
Cano-Leon Jr., Elmer Kavanagh, Meryn Sweets, Mekhi
Canoles, Harper Kemmery, Tyler Tersi, John
Chapple-Jordan, Kennady Lopez, Diana Tolentino, Daniel
Coronel-Zamora, Madison McDowell, Olivia Vasquez-Avila, Jose
Cos, Matison McFadden, Harmony Velasquez Ruiz, Keren
Couteau, Cecilia McFadden, Nevaeh Wahl, Zoe
Daniels, Archer Medrano, Diego Wycall, Andrew
Davis, Elijah Munoz Jr., Andy Zuniga-Gallegos, Yaneli




 41% of the school year is done
 73 of our 180 student days are completed
 There are approximately 70 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.


Stress Management - Happy New Year! You’ve been busy taking care of everyone else, but now it
is time to take care of yourself. Stress contributes to many health problems. Here are some quick
and simple ways from the American Heart Association to manage your stress and keep you healthy
and happy.

 Listen to music
 Meet a friend for coffee or a meal
 Get creative- draw, color, paint, or scrapbook

For more information and suggestions on stress management, visit the American Heart Association’s website listed here:



Join us at Hampstead Hill Academy for informative and educational monthly meetings on the topic of
Dyslexia. The Decoding Dyslexia Maryland – Baltimore City Chapter is a grassroots movement driven by
Maryland families concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for Dyslexia and other
language-based learning disabilities in Maryland Public Schools. The first meeting will take place on
Wednesday, January 16th at 7 pm. Check out the flyer at the end of the news magazine.


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 1st Grade Team for having the highest attendance average for December.
The students in this grade level will have a PTO sponsored pizza party.

December Attendance% Year Attendance%
Grade 95.94% Grade 96.85%
HHA average 97.92% HHA average 97.66%
Grade 1 97.26% Grade 6 97.52%
Grade 3 96.97% Grade 1 97.41%
Grade 6 96.81% Grade 4
Grade 2 96.54% 97.18%
Grade 4 96.43% Grade 5 97.08%
Grade 5 94.77% Grade 2 97.05%
Grade 8 94.59% Grade 3 96.78%
Grade 7 PreK 95.98%
94.49% Grade 8 95.93%
PreK 93.02% Kindergarten 95.92%
Kindergarten Grade 7

Thank you to
our HHA families
for their gifts and
donations during

the holiday


Thank you to Genesis Midence and the staff of
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for their donation of

paper and DVD players to Hamspstead Hill Academy



And we’re breathing….
Back by popular demand, school-wide guided breathing is underway. Each morning at the end of the morning announcements, students and
teachers start their day with a minute of deep breathing. The benefits of diaphragmatic or belly breathing are well documented. According to, belly breathing:

 Helps the body relax by lowering the heart rate and lowering the harmful effects of the stress hormone cortisol.
 Helps lower blood pressure and increase oxygen levels to the brain which in turn helps with focus and concentration.
 Deep breathing has also been shown to help counter the harmful effects of PTSD and trauma and help with insomnia.

Square Breathing
During the week of December 17th, the focus was on square breathing (also known as box or tactical breathing). Students were shown a video
demonstration of this breathing technique the week before the launch to prepare them for kick-off. A graphic explaining the square breathing
technique is shown:

1. Breathe in through your nose for four counts.
2. Pause/hold your breath out for four breaths.
3. Exhale through your mouth for four counts.
4. Pause/hold your breath out for four counts.

(Source: Cheryl Schirillo, Director of Bridges Connecting Communities:

4-7-8 Breathing
Students then shifted their focus to the 4-7-8 breathing technique. Like square breathing,
you are still counting your breath, but with a short inhale, followed by a longer hold and
exhale. For this technique it helps to visualize a scalene triangle:

On the short side of the triangle, inhale on a four count. On the
bottom of the triangle, hold your breath for seven counts, and on
the top of the triangle, exhale on an eight count. When the exhales are
longer than the inhales, it slows the heart-rate even more promoting a
greater sense of calm.

Ujjayi Breathing PreK student takes part in
When we return from winter break, students will practice what is known as the Ujjayi breath morning breathing techniques
(pronounced oo-JAI or oo-JAH-yee). This breath is also known as the cobra or ocean breath, and it’s
even been playfully referred to as the ‘Darth Vader breath.’ To do the Ujjayi breath, inhale deeply
through the nose on a seven count and exhale slowly through the nose on a seven count. The exhale
should be audible though, and this is achieved by constricting the muscles at the back of the throat.
When done properly, it sounds like ocean waves or….the breath of Darth Vader. All three of these
breathing techniques can be found on the iBreathe application for the iPhone. Throughout the rest
of the school year, students will cycle through these breaths and may be introduced to one or two
more. If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out to Mr. Plunk at
[email protected]


Upcoming PTO Events Include:

Tutti Gusti Night - Thursday, 1/3 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 - 1/8 at 6pm - please come to help with the initial planning of our biggest adult fundraiser, B3, which will be held on April 6, 2019
Box Tops – Look for the Box Top form attached to the news magazine - participate in the January 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 Bingo (flyer attached) - 1/10 at 7pm at Points South Latin Kitchen 1640 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231
January Happy Hour - (flyer attached) 1/18 at 6pm at Silk's 2641 Hudson St, Baltimore, MD 21224
Volunteers needed for Staff Appreciation Breakfast - 1/16, starting at 7:30am - Sign up at



Current Balance: $28,295 December Expenses: Upcoming Revenue:
December Revenue:
Box Top Prizes - $37 Holiday Wreaths - $536
Square One: $31 Storage Unit - $71
Tutti Gusti December Dinner - $50 November Attendance Parties - $110 Pending Expenses:
Miracle on Hudson St. @ Silks - $275 PTO Happy Hour Food & Cutlery - $413
PTO Happy Hour Mr. Paz's Tips - $482 Teacher Holiday Party - $938 Allocation for Spring Field Trip Buses -
Total December Revenue - $835 2nd Grade PA Field Trip Donation - $1,000 $6,700
Teacher Wish List - $4,326 B3 - $5,700
Total December Expenses: $6,895

To Jill Morrison for coordinating the PTO Wish
List, Carson Dach for organizing Miracle on Hudson
Street and Greg Rogers for organizing the Holiday
Wreath Drive - thank you so much for all of your

work in support of the PTO! 1st grade student enjoys creating art with the
Spirograph received from the Teacher Wish List

courtesy of the PTO!

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, Veronica Piskor, Jackie Etting, Tracy Hall, Nicole Smalley, Erin Reed, Steven Cuellar, and
Cheryl Descipio for volunteering at various activities at HHA! A special thanks to Ms. Edwards for
her donation of art supplies.



 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!


Have you picked up your free
book from the Strive for Five

Attendance Program?

Southeast Anchor Library is ready
and waiting with stacks of books to

give to those students who had
perfect attendance. Stop by and

get your free book!

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

Join Hampstead Hill Academy

Friends and Family Night Out!

Bring this flyer into Tutti Gusti on
Thursday, January 3rd
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



Please join the Hampstead Hill PTO
@ Points South Latin Kitchen
for free bingo

Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 7pm.
The PTO will receive 10% of all food and

drink sales during the event.


2641 Hudson St
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

(443) 708-0317
When: 6pm
We will have Free snacks &
bring cash for 50/50 raffle!
Happy Hour Deals Available!

***This is an adult only event!***
Contact Rachel Douglas for questions. [email protected]

Please consider linking your VIC Card to
Hampstead Hill Academy

(Don’t forget all VIC cards must be linked annually)

Click here to link card

or go to

Harris Teeter’s Together In Education program gives
schools a chance to earn funds when you link your
VIC card and shop Harris Teeter brands. Harris
Teeter has donated over $25 million to Together In
Education schools since 1998!

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.

HHA PTO Box Tops Update

November Collection Update

January Box Tops  Congratulations to Ms. Schultz’s
Contest 4th grade homeroom who col-

 Turn in a sheet of 25 lected the most box tops in No-
box tops and win a
prize vember and won a cookie party

 The class that col- for their class.
lects the most box
tops gets the travel-  Congratulations to Marcus Rive-
ing trophy and a ra for collecting the most box
class party (must
collect 100 box tops tops for the month of November
 Congratulations to the following
 Box Tops are due students who collected 25 or
February 4
more box tops and won a prize.

Rafael Kirby Zoey Johnson

Giuliana Coven Kamryn Kornovsky

Matison Cos Joseph Bussey

Kolby Cowthorn Zachary Kozlowski

Quinn Schiffer Tyler Kemmery

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

Thank you for helping! Clipped Box Tops are each worth 10¢ for your child’s school

should not be attached to this sheet – please submit them separately. To see more
your child’s school, go to See more collection sheets at



l. Bonus certificates ©General Mills

e ways to earn cash for

AUDUBON ADVENTURES migratory stopover in Baltimore City! King Jr. Day of Service! A teen expert will
IN Audubon experts will lead us in search of lead us as we collect data on urban birds.
avian friends! Bring the whole family! No
January 2019 experience necessary. If you would like to Service learning hours for student
borrow binoculars, drop us an email – we scientists! Please register in advance:
With the Patterson Park Audubon Center have plenty to share! There is no need to [email protected] or 410.558.2473.
To participate, please RSVP at 410-558- RSVP for this event, just arrive ready to
2473 or [email protected] explore! To borrow binoculars: PARK
[email protected] or 410.558.2473.
AUDUBON’S ALL-AGES BIRD WATCHING Friday, January 25th, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Saturday, January 19th in Druid Hill Park, Meet at the picnic tables on the
8:00 – 9:30 AM Monday, January 21st, 9:00 AM – 11:30 northeastern shore of the Boat Lake
AM ∙ No School This Day! Ages: 2-5 ∙ $5 suggested donation per
Meet at 3001 East Drive
Saturday, January 26th in Patterson Park, Service learning hours! ∙ Free lunch! child, with an adult
Meet at the fountain in Patterson Park, Tiny Tots is an early childhood
8:00 – 9:30 AM closest to E. Lombard St. and S. Patterson environmental education program where
*Beginner Birders Walk: Learn birding kids make a craft, play a game, and read a
basics and beginner ID skills! Meet at the Park Ave. story around a nature theme. Please
fountain, closest to E. Lombard St. and S. Pick up at Living Classrooms, 200 S.
Patterson Park Ave. - All ages and abilities register in advance:
welcome! ∙ Free!; Over 200 bird species Linwood Ave. [email protected] or 410.558.2473.
have visited Patterson Park, an important Students can join Audubon and Living
Classrooms as scientists on Martin Luther

Children’s Programs at the
Southeast Anchor Library

in January

Baby Storytime Mondays, 11:00 a.m.

Baby and Toddler Storytime Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.
in English and Spanish

Family Storytime Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.

DIY Wednesday: Warm and Wooly Pompoms Wednesday, January 2, 3:30 p.m.

YouTube, MeTube Thursdays, January 3, 17, & 31, 3:30 p.m.

BOP Bright Starts: Mondays, January 7, 14, 21 & 28, 3:30 p.m.
Culinary Arts with Kiah Gibian

Book Boogie Tuesdays, January 8, 15, 22 & 29, 11:00 a.m.

Learn Morse Code Wednesday, January 9, 3:30 p.m.

Do You Kahoot? Thursdays, January 10 & 24, 3:30 p.m.

MLK_ Dream Mobiles Wednesday, January 16, 3:30 p.m.

DIY Wednesday: Warm Drinks for Cold Days Wednesday, January 23, 3:30 p.m.

DIY Wednesday: Puzzle Craft Wednesday, January 30, 3:30 p.m.

Southeast Anchor Library The free educational and cultural programs at
Children’s Department Pratt libraries are made possible by the generous
support of donors to the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
3601 Eastern Avenue your journey starts here free TO BMORE


Children’s Programs
at the canton Branch

in JanuarY

Baby and Toddler Storytime Fridays, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.
Preschool Storytime Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m.

Playdate at the Library Mondays, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday at the Cinema: Incredibles 2 Saturday, January 5, 11:00 a.m.

Washi Picture Frame Saturday, January 12, 2:00 p.m.
Letter Writing Week Monday – Friday, January 14 – 19, all day
Craft Lab: Papermaking Wednesday, January 16, 4:00 p.m.
French and English Family Storytime Tuesday, January 22, 10:30 a.m.
Drive In Movie: Incredibles 2 Saturday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.
Canton Crafternoon Monday, January 24, 4:00 p.m.

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


Elementary & Middle Traditional B
January 2019

Monday Tuesday Wednesday

1 Winter Break 2 Peach & Raspberry 3
Schools Closed Blueberry Muffin
Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers
Assorted Fresh Fruit

7 Oatmeal Breakfast Bun 8 Turkey Sausage 9 Peach & Raspberry 10
Assorted Cold Cereal Breakfast Pizza Yogurt
Graham Crackers
Ginger Gold Apple Assorted Cold Cereal Crunchy Granola
Black Plum Graham Crackers Clusters
Black Plum
Pear Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers
Black Plum

14 Pancake Patty 15 Turkey Sausage 16 Cinnamon Raisin Bagel 17
Chicken Sausage Breakfast Pizza Plain Bagel
Assorted Cold Cereal Assorted Cold Cereal Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers Graham Crackers Graham Crackers
Black Plum Black Plum Banana
Ginger Gold Apple Pear Black Plum
Black Plum
Ginger Gold Apple

21 Martin Luther King Day 22 Turkey Sausage 23 Peach & Raspberry 24
Schools Closed Breakfast Pizza Yogurt
Assorted Cold Cereal Crunchy Granola
Graham Crackers Clusters
Black Plum Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers

28 Pancake 29 Turkey Sausage 30 Cinnamon Raisin Bagel 31
Chicken Sausage Patty Breakfast Pizza Plain Bagel
Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers Assorted Cold Cereal Assorted Cold Cereal
Black Plum Graham Crackers Graham Crackers
Ginger Gold Apple Pear Banana
Black Plum Black Plum

This institution is an equal opportunity prov

Breakfast Menu

Thursday Friday

Hard Boiled Egg 4 Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Options Available Daily at
Buttered Toast Plain Bagel Breakfast:
Assorted Cold Cereal Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers Graham Crackers Cold Cereal Options-
Assorted Fresh Fruit Apple Cinnamon Cheerios,
Ginger Gold Apple 11 Cinnamon Glazed Multi-Grain Cheerios,
French Toast Original Cheerios,
Chicken Sausage &
Egg Breakfast Assorted Cold Cereal Cinnamon Toast Crunch,
Sandwich Graham Crackers Golden Grahams, Honey

Assorted Cold Cereal Assorted Fresh Fruit Kix
Graham Crackers
Banana 18 Strawberry Banana 1% White Milk, Fat Free
Ginger Gold Apple Yogurt White Milk
Hard Boiled Egg Blueberry Muffin
Buttered Toast Assorted Cold Cereal Menu subject to change
Graham Crackers
Assorted Cold Cereal Assorted Fresh Fruit Daily Available Breakfast Nutritionals
Graham Crackers
Banana 25 PD DAY Breakfast Condiments
Ginger Gold Apple Schools Closed
Chicken Sausage &
Egg Breakfast

Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers
Ginger Gold Apple

Hard Boiled Egg
Buttered Toast
Assorted Cold Cereal
Graham Crackers

Ginger Gold Apple


Elementary/Middle Lunch

January 2019

Monday Tuesday Wednesday
1 2

PB &

7 Hot Dog on 8 9 10
PB &

14 15 16 17

Boom Boom on
PB &

21 22 23 24

PB & on

28 29 30 31

Hot Dog Brown on

This institution is an equal opportunity

h Menu Friday

Thursday 4

Brown WG

11 Daily Available Lunch Options

PB & Milk Options:
1% White Milk, Fat Free
Brown 18 White Milk, at times Fat
PB & Free Chocolate Milk, Fat
PB &
25 PD DAY Free Strawberry Milk
Seasonal Fresh Fruit
Apples, oranges, pears and


All rolls, breads, and tortillas
are made with whole grain.

Menu is subject change.

Lunch Daily Available Nutritionals





January 2019 HHA Activities

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Coach Class Costello Thursday, January 10, 2019 Coach Class Schultz
 7:15am - 7:45am Coach Class Sparwasser  7:30am - 8am Fire Drill
 7:15am - 7:50am Gr 4 Emerging Scholars  2:10pm - 3:10pm Coach Class Farber
 2:40pm - 4:20pm Musical Rehearsal  2:40pm - 3:30pm Coach Class O'Connor
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Coach Class Small  2:40pm - 3:30pm Basketball
 2:45pm - 3:45pm  2:40pm - 4:30pm Spanish Club
 2:50pm - 3:50pm Drag Queen Bingo
Thursday, January 3, 2019 Coach Class Schultz  7pm
 7:30am - 8am Coach Class Farber Coach Class Herrera
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Coach Class O'Connor Friday, January 11, 2019 Musical Rehearsal
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Basketball  Audubon Grs K & 4 LGP Student Committee
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Spanish Club  2:40pm - 4pm Middle School Dance
 2:50pm - 3:50pm PTO Tutti Gusti Night  2:40pm - 4:30pm
 3pm - 8pm  2:45pm - 3:30pm Musical Rehearsal
 4:30pm - 6:30pm Basketball
Friday, January 4, 2019 - PURPLE FRIDAY
Saturday, January 12, 2019 503 Coach Class
 2:40pm - 4pm Coach Class Herrera  9am - 2pm Dance Committee
 2:30pm - 4:30pm ESOL Homework Club
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Musical Rehearsal Musical Rehearsal
Monday, January 14, 2019 Chess
 2:45pm - 3:30pm LGP Student Committee  2:40pm - 3:30pm Coach Class Poole
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Gr 2 Emerging Scholars
Saturday, January 5, 2019 Musical Rehearsal  2:40pm - 3:10pm Brownies
 9am - 2pm  2:40pm - 4:30pm
 2:45pm - 4:30pm Coach Class Kaplan
Monday, January 7, 2019 503 Coach Class  2:50pm - 3:30pm Latino Support Group
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Dance Committee  2:50pm - 4:20pm 501&502 Coach Class
 2:40pm - 3:30pm ESOL Homework Club  4:45pm - 6pm Debate
 2:40pm - 3:10pm Musical Rehearsal Basketball
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Gr 2 Emerging Scholars Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Shakespeare Club
 2:50pm - 4:20pm Chess  7:30am - 8am Gr 3 Emerging Scholars
 2:45pm - 4:30pm Coach Class Poole  8am - 10am Cub Scout Interest
 2:50pm - 3:30pm  2:40pm - 3:30pm Meeting
 2:40pm - 4:30pm
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Coach Class Kaplan  2:40pm - 4:30pm Coach Class Costello
 7:30am - 8am 501&502 Coach Class  2:40pm - 3:45pm Coach Class Sparwasser
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Builders Club  2:50pm - 4:20pm Musical Rehearsal
 2:40pm - 4:15pm Debate  6:30pm - 7:30pm Open Doors
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Gym Basketball Coach Class Small
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Shakespeare Club Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Diversity Club
 2:40pm - 3:45pm Gr 3 Emerging Scholars  7:15am - 7:45am School Family Council
 2:50pm - 4:20pm PTO Meeting  7:15am - 7:50am SSM Meeting
 6pm - 7pm  2:40pm - 4:30pm Decoding Dyslexia
 2:40pm - 4pm
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Coach Class Costello  2:45pm - 3:45pm
 7:15am - 7:45am Coach Class Sparwasser  2:45pm - 4pm
 7:15am - 7:50am Musical Rehearsal  3pm - 4pm
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Gr 4 Emerging Scholars  4pm - 5pm
 2:40pm - 4:20pm Coach Class Small  7pm - 8pm
 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Thursday, January 17, 2019 Coach Class Schultz Monday, January 28, 2019
 7:30am - 8am Coach Class Farber  2nd Quarter Ends
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Coach Class O'Connor
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Basketball  Student Snack Sale Afterschool 1/28-2/1
 2:40pm - 4:30pm STEAM Club 2
 2:40pm - 4pm Spanish Club  8am - 9am Padres Unidos/Strong
 2:50pm - 3:50pm

 2:40pm - 3:30pm 503 Coach Class

 2:40pm - 3:30pm Dance Committee

 2:40pm - 3:10pm ESOL Homework Club

Friday, January 18, 2019  2:40pm - 5pm Musical Rehearsal
 Audubon Grs 1 & 5
 2:40pm - 4pm  2:45pm - 4pm Believe in Music
 2:40pm - 4:30pm
 2:45pm - 3:30pm Coach Class Herrera  2:45pm - 4:30pm Chess
 6 pm Musical Rehearsal
LGP Student Committee  2:50pm - 3:30pm Coach Class Poole
PTO Happy Hour Silks
 2:50pm - 4:20pm Gr 2 Emerging Scholars

 4:45pm - 6pm Brownies

Monday, January 21, 2019 Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Coach Class Kaplan
 School Closed Martin Luther King Day  7:30am - 8am Parent ESOL Class
 8am - 11am Group Tour
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Coach Class Kaplan  8:30am - 10am Debate
 7:30am - 8am Parent ESOL Class  2:40pm - 4:30pm Green Leaders
 8am - 11am 501&502 Coach Class  2:40pm - 5pm Shakespeare Club
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Builders Club  2:40pm - 3:45pm Gr 3 Emerging Scholars
 2:40pm - 4pm Debate  2:50pm - 4:20pm Basketball
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Green Leaders  2:40pm - 4:30pm
 2:40pm - 5pm Basketball
 2:40pm - 4:30pm Shakespeare Club Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Coach Class Costello
 2:40pm - 3:45pm Gr 3 Emerging Scholars  7:15am - 7:45am Coach Class Sparwasser
 2:50pm - 4:20pm  7:15am - 7:50am Gr 4 Emerging Scholars
 2:40pm - 4:20pm Musical Rehearsal
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Coach Class Costello  2:40pm - 5pm Open Doors
 7:15am - 7:45am Coach Class Sparwasser  2:40pm - 4pm Diversity Club
 7:15am - 7:50am Gr 4 Emerging Scholars  2:45pm - 4pm Believe in Music
 2:40pm - 4:20pm Musical Rehearsal  2:45pm - 4pm Coach Class Small
 2:40pm - 5pm Coach Class Small  2:45pm - 3:45pm
 2:45pm - 3:45pm

Thursday, January 24, 2019 Coach Class Schultz Thursday, January 31, 2019 Coach Class Schultz
 7:30am - 8am National History Day  7:30am - 8am Parent ESOL Class
 1pm - 2pm Coach Class Farber  8am - 11am Coach Class Farber
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Coach Class O'Connor  2:40pm - 3:30pm Coach Class O'Connor
 2:40pm - 3:30pm Basketball  2:40pm - 3:30pm Basketball
 2:40pm - 4:30pm STEAM Club 2  2:40pm - 4:30pm STEAM Club 2
 2:40pm - 4pm Culinary Arts Club  2:40pm - 4pm Culinary Arts Club
 2:45pm - 4pm Spanish Club  2:45pm - 4pm Spanish Club
 2:50pm - 3:50pm Student Celebration Night  2:50pm - 3:50pm
 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Friday, January 25, 2019
 School Closed Professional Development

Saturday, January 26, 2019

 9am - 2pm Musical Rehearsal

 2pm - 3pm Musical Parent Meeting

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