Archives for posts with tag: City Neighbors Charter School


This morning we joined together at City Neighbors with the Malone family, leaders from JP Morgan Chase, and the Firefighters crew along with our entire school to receive the gift of land to create a Malone Children Memorial Playground. This is a time of generosity, a time of connections, a time of healing. We are grateful for all who came today to share these feelings on the first day of Spring.

The following are the remarks from the gathering of our wonderful school leader, Kate Seidl, Principal of City Neighbors.

Good morning City Neighbors, invited Guests and friends, Katie and Bill Malone, thank you for joining together this morning, the first day of Spring 2017. Today is the day when there is just as much light in the day as darkness in the night. It is the vernal equinox. It is a day that gets to be one of the hinges of the year. From now on out, the light will increase and lengthen the day. It will be warmer and soon we will want to spend more and more time out of doors, with classmates and families, bathing in sunlight and fresh air.

How fitting it is then, that today we come together to make an announcement that similarly brings more lightness to our community and pulls us to the out-of-doors, to smell flowers, gaze at trees in bloom and hear children’s laughter. Today we are so delighted to be the recipients of a gift from forward thinking people. The gift, from JP Morgan Chase Bank, is for the land, just across the street, that is the site of the soon-to-be-created Malone Children Memorial Playground at City Neighbors.

These fine folks have helped put in place an exciting plan that will demolish the vacant and derelict house at 4310 Raspe Ave and open up myriad possibilities for children and families at City Neighbors and in the entire Cedmont Neighborhood. We are here to say thank you, to show our gratitude for a lasting kindness, the mere idea of which warms us like sunlight.

Since we first heard about the idea of turning this property into a pocket park and playground, many of us at school started imagining what kind of ways we would use it. “Swings!” said many children right away; “Tag; Hide and Seek in the trees,” said others. But also, said a fair few, “a bench for sitting and remembering”- remembering Amelia and Bridgette Malone and their brothers and sisters who died in the fire, whom we miss and think of and love. There may well be singing on the playground and acting and reading and talking with friends, because those are things we did with Bridgette and Amelia and still do now without them, thinking of them. Without a doubt that playground across the street will be filled with the things that children do best- play and laughter, investigations and inventions and marvelling at the world. Because this playground will be filled with the spirit of children.

Yes, we are eager for what is to come this spring, summer and fall in the Malone Children Memorial Playground. And we take comfort in imagining all there will be to do there. And we are so very grateful to have grown-ups in the world to partner with City Neighbors and think of children and put children’s needs first. Thank you. – Kate Seidl

Here is today’s Baltimore Sun Article.

And the story on WBAL.

Well, Happy New School Year!  We thought we better update the story of The Big Move at City Neighbors Charter School.  Lets start with the teacher who decided to try getting rid of all her traditional desks and chairs and create what she likes to call, “Giovanni’s Cafe” for teaching Language Arts in middle school.  If you recall back in #1 of this series we introduced the ideas of Ms. Sajida Davis:

First, Ms. Davis talked about her teaching.  She would need space for the classroom library, small meeting spaces, and a spot for her desk (could it be near a window?). Next she imagined a big whiteboard – a whole wall – from floor to ceiling so groups of students could be coming up with ideas together at the same time. She mentioned quiet spaces (and we looked out in the hallway and decided it was great and she would feel comfortable sending kids out there too). And when we began to talk about her tables and chairs that were being moved up here she said, “What I really wish is that I didn’t have to have tables and chairs.” Cool! What would you have? “You know, I want my classroom to be like a big coffee shop, with couches and comfy chairs, coffee tables, and some kind of stage area.”

 After a long summer of first relocating the library, then insulating the attic, then searching for and finding used furniture from hotel liquidators in the area, we spent $900 to create an entirely new classroom.  Here are some of the pictures from her space on the first day of school (some with students!):

IMG_7456 IMG_7455 IMG_7454 IMG_7453 IMG_7469 IMG_7468 IMG_7475

And now the most important question must be posed.  Will the physical environment impact the practice of the teacher?  How about the work of the students?  What does this new space create that works?  How about what doesn’t work?  These questions and more will be considered as we continue to check in with Ms. Davis this year in her new space.

Well, we made it.  Today is day 3 of a new school year.  More pictures and thoughts on the physical environment coming soon.

Just a few more pictures of the new space in use with our students:

IMG_7470 IMG_7471 IMG_7473

 

 

Today I worked with a few of our awesome City Neighbors High School students over at our founding school. This summer they are helping us with The Big Move. I admit, today I wasn’t sure what to name it – The Big Mess seemed like an understatement.  Somehow we pushed through and cleared the hallways.

So, now that we have new flooring in two of our classrooms complete, we are putting things back in the rooms. And, just like a home, once you get one thing new (like a new floor), then you realize – now we need some touch up painting! Well, at least we have most everything in the right space where it goes.

There are so many inspirational schools that care about the physical environment!  One of the websites to check out is the Fielding Nair International website.  Randall Fielding and Praknash Nair are educators and architects  – working together to improve learning.  Take a look at some of their projects.

Next steps at CNCS – we will be adding some painted on white boards, moving bulletin boards, doing maintenance and fixing of furniture.  This week we will bring over some furniture for the the newly inspired middle school classroom for Ms. Davis – more about that later in the week.  All of this work is getting ready for the last step- the careful arranging and unpacking with the teachers. Here are a few pictures from our work today:

 

IMG_6872

IMG_6869

IMG_6873

IMG_6867

IMG_6868

IMG_6871

 

Stories of U.S.

Connecting communities through storytelling.

On the arts and education

with Chris Ford, Director of Baltimore School for the Arts

Cadmus38

looking for the adventure in life

eduflow

This site is dedicated to education, philosophy, spirituality, leadership, management, social commentary and self-actualization.

lauraagudelo272

This WordPress.com site is the bee's knees

Michaelwclark.com

Just my stuff

annotated audrey art

TUCSON ARTIST AND ILLUSTRATOR

Fisticuffs and Shenanigans

It was all fun and games, until the fisticuffs and shenanigans... -Deutschmarc

Perception

Photography. Life.

Pilotstories

Der Luftfahrt Blog

Eric Weiskott

Assistant Professor of English at Boston College

From The Busy Mind of Josephine

If you can feel, then you can write

Eastern Lightning

Eastern Lightning | The Church of Almighty God came into being because of the work of the returned Lord Jesus—Almighty God, Christ of the last days in China, and it isn't established by any person. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. After reading God’s word, you will see that God has appeared.

aliaptech1

Ali. Elzubair

d|gI+Al hEGeM0n ...d|g|Z|nE

Works of Thought... And Pictures of My Soul

Bilawal Says

Bhutto Is Back for a Peaceful, Prosperous & Progressive Pakistan