November 2020

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A Message From Principal Rice

“We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.”-T’Challa/aka Chadwick Boseman

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Wellness Wednesday

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What is American Education Week ?

American Education Week presents everyone with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every student receives a quality education.

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Greetings HEMS Families,

Were gearing up for American Education Week 2020. This awesome week of activities will start on 11/16-11/20.

During the week of activities we will host a "Parent and Grand Parents Day . If you would like to virtually volunteer in your scholars class on 11/17 please email Mrs. Webb at : tcwebb@bcps.k12.md.us. Please see below a list of ways to volunteer. If your unable to virtually volunteer, however would like to share a video presentation please feel free to contact me by email. Thank you in advance , and we hope you will be able to join us.

Volunteer Opportunities for AEW 2020

*Read a Story to your scholars class
( Grades Pre-K thru 2nd)

*Career Presentations ( All Grades , Give scholars a inside look into your career or business)
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World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. This day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, has the purpose is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together
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HEMS Scholar Resource Hub

Greetings HEMS Scholars and Families,

Are You Resource Ready? Drop by our new 24/7 Scholar Resource Hub. That's right, we want our scholars to have resources at their fingertips. Check it out today! It's something for everyone. This link can be viewed on all devices.

This hub will be utilized to post up to date Resources, Out of School Time Activities, Virtual field trips links, Mentoring Programs, Tutoring Programs, Academic Activities, Youth Supports, Youth job opportunities, Fun Family Engagements and so much more.. Parents please share with your scholars. Place a book mark on your devices or add to your scholars favorites list. Feel free to Share with your Friends and Family. If you have a need or interest you would like to see included, please email Mrs. Webb : tcwebb@bcps.k12.md.us #HEMSstayconnected


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Fall School Closure Dates and Important Meeting Dates

November 3rd Election Day - Schools and Offices Closed

November 10th Parent Town Hall ( Check Class Dojo for Details)

November 11th First Quarter Ends

November 21st Quarter 2 learning Supply Pick Up ( HEMS Campus 12pm-3pm)

November 27th Thanksgiving Holiday - Schools and Offices Closed

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Another Family Fun Night is headed your way! This time, we're headed to the Amazonia rainforest. Get ready for a super-interactive experience with Ms. Natasha!


#greatfuturesstartearly #playtolearn
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Save the Date BCPSS Virtual Resource Fair

November 12th from 5pm to 6pm. Join us for our 1st Virtual Resource Fair and learn about available resources within the community and family supports. Register Today. Please see below link.

Date : November 12th from 5pm to 6pm.

Click on the link to register: http://ow.ly/AA9t50C9f5n

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Attention Parents of 8th grade students,

High School Choice is right around the corner. In the next few days, you will receive a flyer for the High School Choice Parent meeting. At this meeting, you will learn about the HS choice process, applications, composite scores and so much more. Please stay tuned for the exact date and flyer.

In the meantime, here is some information for you to note and some important dates to remember!


October through December – Schools hold open houses and shadow days

Late November– Choice Guides and applications distributed to schools

Composite Scores available- Week after Thanksgiving Break (November 2020)

December 4th – Virtual School Choice Fair launches

January 19, 2021 : Auditions for BSA ( Baltimore School of the Arts)

January 22nd – Choice applications due

March 5th – Students begin receiving placement letters; 2nd round of the Choice process begins

Important tip ! Turn in complete your child's High School Choice application On time!

The HS Choice application will be available online via the Parent Portal

High School Choice Guides will be available on the Baltimore City Schools Website.



Contact Ms. Robinson

HEMS Guidance Department for Questions


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Calling all 8th graders and families!!!

Interested in learning about what Poly has to offer you? Please attend one of our virtual Open House events - 11/10 and 11/19 at 6pm. More info and registration details are in the flyer.

Click the registration link below.

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Click Me to view monthly menus

City Schools provides healthy breakfast and lunch options to all City Schools students for free. Supper and snacks are also available. Please take a look at the menus below to see what's being served this month.

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Need some homework help this school year? Teens ages 11-18 may join the Pratt Teens server on Discord to get LIVE homework help in English, Reading, Math, Social Sciences, and other subjects from a Morgan State University student. (Please be advised that Discord does not allow accounts under age 13; a parent will need to create the account.)

Drop-in hours:

Monday - Friday 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Saturdays 10:00AM - 1:00PM

To access the server, apply below:


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JOIN THE Girlfriends Book CLUB

Stress-free group for girls, that encourages reading, vocabulary expansion, comprehension skills, and confidence

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Greetings HEMS families , Join us on 11/14 for our 1st fundraiser of the year , as we Jump start American Education Week. Please see details below and Share with everyone. HEMS will benefit from 20% of all sales. When You Mention your support of HEMS. Please RSVP with Link below. Thank you for supporting our scholars.

Take-Out and Delivery Fundraiser
Saturday November 14, 2020

Click to rsvp: https://www.groupraise.com/events/166685

Show Map
711 W. 40th St.
Baltimore, MD
HELP US EARN with Box tops

Did you know, the Box Tops for Education Program has gone digital! Check and Scan your receipts!! Download App https://btfe.smart.link/c2jjdifkw?referral_code=IZTK189C Please remember to choose HAZELWOOD ELMENTARY SCHOOL : 9675833

BCPSS Campus Portal Sign Up

Families, create a Campus Portal account or update your contact information to make sure you receive important calls and texts from the district. For more information visit, https://baltimorecityschools.org/campus-portal

Distance Learning Resources

City School students will participate in distance learning each day, in real time, with their teachers. Instructional materials and lessons will be accessed online using applications provided by City Schools. All students in need will be provided with a laptop to attend classes, access online platforms, complete assignments and communicate with teachers.

Distance learning for the start of school will follow each student’s individual schedule. All student schedules for the 2020-2021 school year will be available via Campus Portal. Attendance will be taken daily. If your child needs a laptop but was not able to receive one on or before the first day of school, there will be no penalties for lessons they are unable to complete or for missed attendance. Students and families must notify their school each day they are without a laptop so our records are updated, students are credited and students receive a laptop as soon as one becomes available.

Students must log in to use Zoom. Learn how by clicking the "Zoom Sign-In Directions" button below

All students should log into Zoom before attending live sessions. Beginning Thursday, September 17, ONLY authenticated users will be able to access district Zoom meetings. If students do not log in, they will be unable to engage in live sessions.To learn more, scroll down the page to the button about Zoom.

Student Support Hotline

The Student Support Line will provide live assistance to parents/families to resolve concerns Monday through Friday – please call 443-984-2001. The hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Stay connected and learning virtually thanks to Comcast and T-Mobile. Families that do not have high-speed internet at home and cannot afford the monthly costs may qualify for free internet and/or a hotspot. https://baltimorecityschools.org/internet-access
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Clever Portal

Clever Portal

The Clever Portal is used by students, parents and teachers -- in school, at home, or on the go -- to easily access grades and personalized learning applications like Ck-12 Foundation, I-Ready, Khan Academy, Learning A-Z, Springboard, and others.

(Click here for a full list of applications.)

Desktop Computer Access


Mobile Access

For technical assistance, please contact the Service Desk at ServiceDesk@bcps.k12.md.us or 443-984-2000.

K-3 English Language Arts At Home Activities

Calling all K-3 families! Learn about what your child is learning in English Language Arts and activities to do at home. Go to http://ow.ly/wEJS50BWsp4 to access the tip sheets.

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Stay in the "Know"...... Click Topics below for more information...

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HEMS Uniforms Policy

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Did you know? The Enoch Pratt Social Worker in the Library Program, connects families to services that help with food access, job applications, paying bills, healthcare and more. For more information contact Colleen Jordon- socialworker@prattlibrary.org
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Need Support discussing the election with your scholars. Please see below Links for BCPSS recommended resources and articles.

Discussing Politics and the Election With Your Children


How to Talk to Kids About Election 2020 and the Ugly


How To Talk To Your Kids About The Election


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HEMS Link Tree

HEMS... Stay Connected... Find Important Links to information and resources at your finger tips

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HEMS Families Stay Healthy and Safe click below for more information

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BE Safe Mask On...

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Quick Help accessing Zoom, Clever, and Google

Need quick help accessing Zoom, Clever, Google, or other distance-learning tools? Visit our Distance Learning webpage today at https://baltimorecityschools.org/distance-learning…. There are several parent-friendly documents to get you on track. #WeAreAllLearning
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Baltimore free holiday and Christmas assistance.

Low income families in Baltimore Maryland may be able to get help from non-profits at the holidays. Children can receive free Christmas gifts, clothing, and toys. Senior citizens in the greater Baltimore area can receive a home delivered meal. Other aid may be provided too. Some of the leading agencies or churches to call for help are below.

The centers are open limited hours and have an application process in place. Unfortunately, not every family or applicant will be able to get assistance as the demand is very high. When possible, children may receive some toys or articles of clothing. They tend to be the priority as the Baltimore organizations do not want the child to go without during the Christmas or Thanksgiving season. Volunteers from the sites will also try to serve hot meals or distribute gift baskets to the less fortunate.

A Mother's Cry - Christmas Gathering

720 Rutland Avenue

Baltimore Maryland, 21205

Call 443-760-8453

They support mothers that have lost a child to violence. Free hams and other Christmas goods may be provided.

First Baptist Church Soup Kitchen

525 North Caroline Street

Baltimore Maryland, 21205


A soup kitchen and other holiday assistance is offered. This can include a food basket at Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. The non-profit may also have free toiletries, food, gloves, socks, ski caps and hats for distribution at Christmas.

St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church

Main address is 2100 East Madison Street

Baltimore MD, 21205

Telephone number - 410-675-3320

Bea Gaddy Family Center, Patterson Park Emergency Food Center

Turkeys and the toppings may be passed out at a free Thanksgiving meal. A holiday party is also held. Children under 10 may receive toys, provided items are available.

Main address is 425 North Chester Street

Baltimore MD, 21231-1635

Dial 410-563-2749 for intake

Beans and Bread Center is run by the St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore

402 South Bond Street

Baltimore Maryland, 21231

Main phone – 410-732-1892

Various social services for the low income and poor are offered. Among them include Christmas assistance, meals, and toys. A thrift store is also available. Some financial aid may be available for paying for basic needs during the holiday.

The Door Inc.

219 North Chester Street

Baltimore MD, 21231


Centennial-Caroline St. UMC Pantry

1029 East Monument Street

Baltimore MD, 21202

Call 443-802-6193

Food gift cards for a Thanksgiving or holiday meal are available for the city of Baltimore residents that qualify. The charity may also have free toys available through Toys for Tots. Other goods include coats, winter hats and gloves, food, and toiletries for the holidays.

Grace and Hope Mission

Main address is 4 South Gay Street

Baltimore MD, 21202

Telephone - 410-685-5252

Helping Up Mission

1029 East Baltimore Street

Baltimore Maryland, 21202

Main phone – 410-675-7500

Meals are served to the unemployed and struggling. Volunteers are always needed to assist with activities including serving meals and clean-up for both Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners.

Our Daily Bread Meal Services

Meals and gift baskets may be offered at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas to anyone in need.

725 Fallsway

Baltimore MD, 21202


Community Action Center

3411 Bank Street, Baltimore MD, 21224, dial 410-545-6518

5225 York Road, Baltimore Maryland, 21212, telephone 410-396-6084

606 Cherry Hill Road, Baltimore Maryland, 21225, dial 410-545-0900

There are several locations around the city and county. As resources allow, they will try to provide help around the holidays, especially to children. Assistance includes food baskets, clothing, toys, scarves, shoes, coats, hats, toiletries, and free gloves. There are also free Christmas, Thanksgiving, and holiday food baskets for the entire family as well as the elderly. More on Baltimore community action center.

Homestead UMC Service Center

1500 Gorsuch Avenue

Baltimore MD, 21218

Main number is 410-243-4419

A program known as Harvest of Plenty will provide free food baskets to individuals/families who are eligible for SSI/SSDI/SSA, food stamps, MEAP, unemployment, TCA, or TDAP.

Carter Memorial Church of God

745 West Fayette Street

Baltimore MD, 21201-1111

Dial 410-752-6123

Native American Lifelines

106 West Clay Street

Baltimore Maryland, 21201


Provides gifts, stockings and toys for children of Native American decent only. This needs to be verified.

Ray of Hope Baptist Church

Main address is 3000 Parkside Drive

Baltimore MD, 21214

Call 410-563-2278

Christmas baskets and meals are offered. Senior citizens and the elderly/homebound may have the goods delivered to them.

Ames Shalom Community

613 Baker Street

Baltimore MD, 21217

Main number is 410-523-5556

Baltimore City Police Department

They will try to distribute food baskets/toys to anyone in need. Resources are limited. Photo ID, proof of residence, and other proof is needed. The focus is on children and students.

1034 North Mount Street, Baltimore MD, 21217, dial 410-396-2477

242 West 29th Street, Baltimore Maryland, 21211-2908, 410-396-2422

The City Temple Outreach of Baltimore

317 Dolphin Street

Baltimore MD, 21217

Main phone - 410-383-8040

Providence Baptist Church Emergency Food

Location is 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue

Baltimore MD, 21217

Dial the non-profit at 410-523-7000

Holiday gift baskets, toys, hot meals, and other assistance is offered. They administer programs at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

AFL-CIO Community Services of Central Maryland

2701 West Patapsco Avenue Suite 110

Baltimore MD, 21230-2797

Dial 410-247-4898

May have free food baskets and toys for current Union members only. If resources allow, they will have at most one gift per child.

Salvation Army, Family Services

814 Light Street

Baltimore MD, 21230

Main phone – 410-783-2920

Countless assistance programs and referrals are offered. Among them include food vouchers to families in need. Other services include free toys at Christmas, the Angel Tree program, Adopt a Family, and more.

American Rescue Workers of Maryland

2441 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore MD, 21223

Main number is 410-566-3300

Echo House Multi-Service Center

1705 West Fayette Street

Baltimore MD, 21223-1708


A basket of food and groceries is available to families in need. May also have toys, games, books, and other items for infants to 13 years old or younger.

Church of the Redeemed of the Lord

Main address: 4321 Old York Road

Baltimore MD, 21212-4727


I Can't, We Can

Location - 432 Park Heights Avenue

Baltimore MD, 21215

Telephone - 410-728-5174

Meals, toys, clothing, winter hats, and other items are passed out at Christmas.

Toys for Tots

7000 Hamlet Avenue

Baltimore MD, 21234

This is a nation program with operations across Baltimore and the county. The non-profit runs a Christmas program organized by the Marine Corps Reserve. They collect new, unopened toys from corporate and private donors. The gifts and items are passed out to children from the community.

Saint Clare Parish Outreach

Essex MD, 21221

Main number is 410-687-6011

Angel Wings Ministries

2355 Nutmeg Terrace

Baltimore, Maryland, 21209

For information, dial 443-621-3520

The non-profit partners with the USMC on Toys for Tots. This will help children from Baltimore city and county families that are living in poverty. Clothing, gifts, and more is passed out.

Promoting Children Voices

Location - 217 N Carey St

Baltimore, Maryland, 21223


Small gifts are provided. Register early for assistance, as donations run out quickly.

Southwest Community Council, Inc.

Address: 603 Wyeth St.

Baltimore, Maryland, 21230


Applications to holiday assistance is combined with referrals and case management. There is also help for senior citizens and the homebound at Christmas, such as home delivered meals.

Holiday gift referral network of Baltimore

If all of the programs and agencies above can’t help, then try the United Way for support. Call 211. They have information on Adopt a Family programs, free Christmas gift giveaway events, and other holiday help.

Charity Community Church of God

Address is 1710 Gwynn Oak Avenue

Gwynn Oak, Maryland, 21207

Phone number - 410-499-4338

Services include free toys at Christmas and meals as well, including at Thanksgiving. The charity works to help underprivileged children.

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PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE MAIN HARBEL,Community Organization's main phone number or email with questions, but follow HARBEL Housing's information on our pages.

Due to COVID-19, HARBEL Housing suspended all group workshops until further notice in compliance with the Maryland social distancing mandate.

In an effort to accommodate our First-Time Home Buyer clients, we are conducting online workshops free of charge. If you have not attended a HARBEL Workshop previously, register for both to meet the HUD 6-Hour Homebuyer Education requirement. If you have already attended the HARBEL First-Time Homebuyer Workshop (Part I) then register for the Pre-Settlement Workshop only.

You must register via the links below:


Part I:
Topic: HARBEL First-Time Homebuyer Workshop
When: November 11, 2020 04:00 - 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Part II:
Topic: HARBEL Pre-settlement Workshop
When: November 18, 2020 04:00 - 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have completed a HARBEL homebuyer workshop, but not your pre-settlement workshop and are ready to move forward, submit a completed intake packet, and all required photocopied documents, by following the submission instructions printed on the bright green covered intake and counseling instructions. You received this at your homebuyer workshop. You can complete your counseling while waiting to take the pre-settlement workshop. Receipt of counseling services is subject to change depending on medical conditions.

If you already have met with a counselor and have questions or need assistance, please contact your counselor by email and type their name in the subject line.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time. Please know that our services are subject to change depending on the current medical situation.


At HARBEL, pre-purchase counseling and credit counseling is scheduled after homebuyer workshop attendance and the completion of HARBEL’s intake packet provided at the homebuyer workshop. Pre-purchase counseling is required for both Baltimore City and Baltimore County buyers, prior to submitting a contract offer on a home. Credit counseling is ideal for potential homebuyer who may have credit issues that must be resolved prior to applying for a mortgage.

HARBEL Housing program that provides direct services will make arrangements, within reasonable financial costs to the agency, for effective communications with persons who have visual, speaking and/or hearing impairments, and/or limited English proficiency. HARBEL Housing will need to have sufficient time to make such arrangements and ensure funding for the expense. As a small nonprofit agency with limited financial resources, HARBEL will work with other nonprofit organizations, advocacy organizations, governmental agencies, community groups, volunteers and professionals to provide the required services. Service will be provided in accordance with any state of federal requirements.


The pre-settlement workshop is required for all Baltimore County buyers and for many Baltimore City buyers, prior to submitting a contract offer on a home. Buyers may only schedule their pre-settlement workshop following attendance at HARBEL’s homebuyer workshop. The three-hour workshop covers: settlement process, home maintenance, safety, home repair and improvements and refinancing.


HARBEL Housing’s office hours are:
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 410-444-9152 | Fax: 410-444-9181
Email: harbelhousing@gmail.com

Contact Mrs. Webb