Sunday, September 6, 2015

Back To School!

Members of Margaret Brent’s “street team” visits with residents. 
By Sharicca Boldon, Strong City Baltimore Community School Coordinator at Margaret Brent Elementary-Middle

The 2015–2016 school year began for students on August 31st! There are several exciting developments that will unfold as students return this year. As the school moves toward the vision of being a STEAM school that offers programming in both the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and the Arts, Johns Hopkins University, in support of its Homewood Community Partners Initiative, will be launching SABES (STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools) for grades 3–5, and Single Carrot Theatre is expected to return with a yearlong theatre class for all students.

SABES is a program that aims to strengthen the content and instructional methods of the STEM curriculum. Students will engage in hands-on learning during the school day and after school as they explore their local neighborhoods. In collaboration with support from Strong City Baltimore (formerly Greater Homewood Community Corporation), students will be able to show off their work through a community showcase twice a year. Be on the lookout for invitations to these events which will be a great opportunity to see the work that students are leading.

After a successful pilot this past spring, Single Carrot Theatre is slated to return with an expanded program that will run all year. All students, preK–8, will be able to build their creative expression skills through a weekly drama class. To see some of what students have been working on, check out this feature by The Baltimore Art & Justice Project at

Parents and community volunteers have been working steadily to renovate the playground adjacent to the school at the intersection of 26th and Calvert Streets. KaBoom, a nonprofit that provides kids with opportunities for physically active play, is providing funds for a community build day where volunteers will help to install the new equipment. Stay tuned for a date and more details.

Over the summer, the staff launched a "street team" to serve as visible connectors between the school and the broader community. You may have seen staff members walking about in blue shirts talking with neighbors and checking in with students. You can expect to see them throughout the year extending invitations to events at the school and chatting with students, families and community members. Come and say hello if you see us.

And please join us for our final Summer Social on August 26th, 4:30 to 6pm in front of the school. The socials are a nice chance to talk with current and prospective families, to learn about volunteer opportunities and to hear about the newest happenings at the school. For more information about the school or to schedule a tour, please reach out to me at or 410-575-3393. ◘

Photos courtesy of Margaret Brent