Monthly Archives: November 2010

What’s Happening In and Around Charles Village?

Johns hopkins spring fair!!

It’s one of our favorite local activities of the year — lots of food, beer, people, crafts, and more.

April 15-17, JHU campus — special kids’ area next to the Arts and Crafts! (Check out the Village Parents table too!)


check out this villager article on Raising a family in CHarles Village — by our own Laura wexler



Where Will Your CHILDren attend School?

No other question is more important to city-loving parents than where to send their child to school. For years, the prevailing wisdom was that you had to leave the city to get a good education for your children. Jacqueline Edelberg and a group of like-minded moms in the East Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago refused to accept that wisdom. Instead, they worked in partnership with the principal of their local public school to create community partnerships, facility improvements, curriculum enhancements, and marketing activities that turned their neighborhood public school into an asset that anchored families in the community. Jacqueline will share her experiences in Chicago and reflections on the progress Baltimore is making to ensure that all children have a great school to walk to!

Jacqueline Edelberg, author of How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance

Public lecture, discussion, and book signing

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Enoch Pratt Central Library
Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


Toy Swap

Village Parents is delighted to announce its second annual Toy Swap!

What: Bring gently used toys that your children no longer play with (5 to 10 toys/family) and leave with 5 to 10  “new” gently used toys from other families. Toys can include games, books, stuffed animals, etc.–but please don’t bring anything stained, broken, or on its last legs!

When: Tuesday, Nov. 30. Please arrive with your toys at 7 p.m. We’ll have snacks and browsing until 7:30, when the exchange will begin.

Where: The gym at Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle, 100 E. 26th St.

Who’s invited: Village Parents, parents of Barclay and Margaret Brent students, and anyone else!

Details: Please don’t bring your kiddos unless they are a bit older–this is a parents-only event. Any toys left unclaimed at the end of the night will be donated to charity.

Questions: Email


Barclay and Margaret Brent Showcases for American Education Week

Tuesday 11/16, 8:30am – Community Open House, The Barclay School

Prospective parents, come see the Barclay School in action! Please RSVP to John Bernet at

Tuesday 11/16, 1pm – International Health Day, Margaret Brent

International Health Day will be an exciting program with displays from around the world.  There will be international food to sample made by students, families, and community members, some traditional dress, and even rumors of dancing!  More importantly classrooms will be showing off their first quarter projects, giving you an opportunity to see the great learning that has been happening at both the schools!

Wednesday 11/17, 9am – Current Parents Open House, Margaret Brent

Current Margaret Brent Parents and Families, come see your students in action!  Drop by the school from 9-11am for an open house.

Wednesday 11/17, 5:00pm – Academic Showcase, The Barclay School

Come and see the amazing projects that Barclay School Students have created as they studied Health & Nutrition during the First Quarter.  Projects from all grade levels will be on display!

Friday 11/19, 9:00am – Prospective Parents, Community Members Open House, Margaret Brent

Everyone is invited!  Whether you are a business owner, prospective parent, friend or neighbor, come see Margaret Brent students in action and learning.  Please RSVP to John Bernet at


Schools Conversations

Community Conversation with Chief Academic Officer Sonja Brookins-Santelises
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, 21224

Theme: Common Core Standards and what it means for City Schools

Community Conversation with Chief Executive Officer Andrés A. Alonso
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: St. Veronica Church, 806 Cherry Hill Road, 21225

Theme: “Great Public Schools: Our Right and Our Responsibility”


Tot Music Class

Village Parents is delighted to offer a family music gathering on Sat. Nov. 13 at 11:30.

The gathering will be led by Zoe Johnstone Stewart, a lovely lady who offers Music Together classes as well as plays at Red Canoe on Wed. mornings.

It’s going to be a really fun time….and there’s no driving because we’ve arranged to use the Barclay School Cafeteria right here in CV.

The cost is a $5 to $10 donation per family, and ALL of the money will go to support Village Parents’ fundraising effort to send Barclay School sixth graders to NorthBay environmental/adventure camp in Spring 2011. NorthBay offers an amazing one-week sleepaway program that students have attended in previous years. Because of budget cuts, they won’t be able to go this year without fundraising support from Village Parents.

So…we are very glad to offer this great music gathering for a great cause.

Here are the details:

When: Sat. Nov. 13 from 11:30 to 12:15

Where: Barclay School cafeteria, 2900 Barclay

Cost: Suggested $5 to $10 donation per family

What to bring: Your kids! You don’t need anything else.

Please RSVP ASAP to


Halloween Fun

Join us for two family-friendly excuses to deck your kids out in their Halloween gear!

1. Trick or Treating at Keswick Multi-Care Center retirement home, Thursday, Oct. 28, 6:15 p.m.

700 W. 40th  St.

(410) 554-0180

2. Halloween Potluck in the Open Space, Sunday, Oct. 31, 4 p.m.
Bring your kids in costume and a dish to share. We’ll have some games and kids can leave from there to trick or treat.


A worthwhile recording of the Dan Rodricks show discussing the effect of schools on families’ return to or flight from the city


Check out Village Parents in the news!