BCP July 2019 Newsletter
In this issue:

  • Remembering Brenda L. Kahn, Educator and Academic Coach
  • Morgan Stanley Volunteers Support Wolfe Street Academy Field Day
  • Chef Cindy Wolf Hosts Culinary Arts Class for City Springs Students
  • Bon Secours Community Works Bolsters Frederick Elementary's Community School Strategy
  • Goldseker Foundation Supports Govans Elementary's Community School Strategy
  • Hampstead Hill Academy Teacher Kat Lock-Jones Receives Teach for America's 2019 Kennedy Leadership Award
Remembering Brenda L. Kahn, Educator and Academic Coach
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, Contact Reporter, The Baltimore Sun , July 1, 2019.
Brenda L. Kahn, a retired Baltimore Curriculum Project academic coach, died June 19 of lung cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. The Reisterstown resident was 49.

The former Brenda Louise Griffin, the daughter of William H. Griffin, a telephone company lineman, and his wife, Bette Mullisky Jr., a hospital clerical worker, was born in Dover, N.J., and raised in Carbondale, Pa., where she graduated from high school.

She was a 1991 graduate of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, from which she obtained a teaching degree in 1991.

Ms. Kahn later earned a master’s degrees in education from the Johns Hopkins University and Notre Dame of Maryland University, and did further graduate studies at Towson University and Goucher College.

While teaching at Collington Square Elementary-Middle School, where she had been recognized as an exceptional teacher, Ms. Kahn was recruited by the Baltimore Curriculum Project to become an academic coach.

“Throughout her 26-year career, she had an impact on the lives of many teachers and through those teachers, a larger number of students,” Susan Lattimore of Gwynn Oak wrote in a biographical profile of her Baltimore Curriculum Project colleague.

Ms. Lattimore said her friend was motivated by her professional hero, Dr. Anita Archer, who said, “How well you teach — how well they learn.”

Ms. Kahn lectured widely at conferences across the country, including Hawaii and Guam, as a program trainer. In recognition of her work, she was presented the Siegfried Engelman Excellence in Education Award this year.

Ms. Lattimore described Ms. Kahn as being “wise, direct, honest and skilled in the work she did.”

“Brenda watched over her teachers [the] way she watched over her dog and her cat: with love, concern, amusement and an eye on future developments,” she wrote.

From 2011 to 2019, when she retired, Ms. Kahn was assigned to City Springs Elementary School.

She and her husband of 16 years, Russell Kahn, a professional photographer, enjoyed travel and were pet lovers.

Plans for a celebration of life gathering to be held at her home in September are incomplete.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by her stepfather, James Mullisky, of Carbondale; a brother, Jameson Mullisky of Carbondale; a sister, Karen Roberts of Carbondale; and a niece.
Morgan Stanley Volunteers Support Wolfe Street Academy Field Day
In spring 2019, fifteen volunteers from Morgan Stanley joined Wolfe Street Academy (WSA) students and staff for the annual Field Day in Patterson Park. The volunteers facilitated stations such as Tug of War, Soccer Shoot-Out, Obstacle Course, and Capture the Flag.

“Not only were the kids excited to get out and get active, but the parents were too! There was so much pride in the community that day, I can’t wait for next year!” - Fresia Blanco, Trading Analyst, Morgan Stanley.

“By far my favorite volunteer activity, cannot wait for next year! We need a rematch on the tug of war!” – Oscar Garcia, Operations Associate, Morgan Stanley.

In May 2018, twenty-two volunteers from Morgan Stanley's Baltimore Branch and twelve volunteers from Sylvan Learning participated in the Hampstead Hill Academy Field Day. Volunteers helped with Soccer, Tug of War, Handball, Sharks and Minnows, Kickball and competed in obstacle courses.

"We all had a great time with your faculty and students." said Adrian McDermott, Operational Risk Analyst at Morgan Stanley.

BCP, Wolfe Street Academy and Hampstead Hill Academy would like to thank Morgan Stanley for their ongoing support.

About Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley employees are instrumental in carrying out the Firm’s mission of Giving Back. They have helped Morgan Stanley reach more than 1 million hours of service through the Firm’s dedicated Global Volunteer Month and additional volunteer efforts year-round. And, each year Morgan Stanley employees come together and put forth their best thinking to help amplify the meaningful community impact of nonprofit partners through the Firm’s pro-bono Strategy Challenge initiative. Learn more at: https://www.morganstanley.com/about-us/giving-back
Chef Cindy Wolf Hosts Culinary Arts Class for City Springs Students
Chef Cindy Wolf, Executive Chef & Co-owner of Charleston Restaurant, hosted a culinary arts class and luncheon for six City Springs students on May 20, 2019.

This is the fourth time that Chef Wolf has welcomed City Springs students to Charleston.

The students were chosen based on their interest in cooking and outstanding performance in school.

The class began with Chef Wolf teaching students how to make scrambled eggs topped with gruyere cheese. She explained that eggs will not stick if the pan is hot enough and there is enough oil. Students learned that the hundred folds in a chef's hat represent the hundred ways to cook an egg.

During the lesson the students were captivated by a layer cake being prepared by the pastry chef, who paused to talk about layer cakes and macarons.

The scrambled eggs were followed by a healthy portion of asparagus from the eastern shore with extra virgin olive oil and goat cheese. The eastern shore is the perfect environment for growing asparagus because of the sandy soil. The asparagus was cooked in very salty water and then submerged in cold water to stop the cooking process. Everyone asked for seconds.

There are two types of asparagus: green and white. White asparagus grows underground where lack of sunlight prevents photosynthesis. Some of the best white asparagus comes from Landes, France.

Next, Chef de Cuisine Everardo Florentino prepared fresh pasta. Chef Wolfe explained that Everardo worked every station in the kitchen until he reached the position of Chef de Cuisine. He is one of the best chefs in the United States and has "good hands", which means he is highly skilled in working with food.

For lunch, the students enjoyed baked chicken with tomato relish, fresh pasta, and corn bread. Chef Wolf used lunch as an opportunity to get to know the students and to give everyone (students and adults) some tips on etiquette. This included waiting for the host to sit down before beginning the meal.

She also demonstrated the proper way to eat pasta - use the fork to pick up two or three strands, twirl them around the fork using a spoon or the side of the dish, and tuck in any loose strands.

At the end of the meal, Chef Wolf surprised the students by serving the layer cake that had so entranced them earlier. The cake was originally destined for another restaurant.

City Springs and BCP would like to thank Chef Wolf for taking the time to teach and share a meal with our students.

About Chef Cindy Wolf

A 2006, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 James Beard Foundation finalist for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic, Chef Wolf’s cuisine is backed by French fundamentals and grounded in preparations that emphasize the natural flavors of the very finest regional products.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Wolf has received notices in Food Arts, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, The New York Times, The Washington Times and The Washington Post. She has appeared in cooking segments on major local, national and cable television stations.

Wolf is business partner with Tony Foreman in their other restaurants, which can be accessed through www.foremanwolf.com.
Chef Cindy Wolf prepares asparagus with goat cheese and olive oil.
Chef de Cuisine Everardo Florentino prepares fresh pasta.
Bon Secours Community Works Bolsters Frederick Elementary's Community School Strategy
Bon Secours Community Works (BSCW) has served as the Community School Lead Agency for Frederick Elementary since 2017.

BSCW and Community School Coordinator Sabrina Wiggins have brought a wide array of services and resources to the school including a mentoring program, food pantry, educational field field trips, volunteer coordination, Career and Technical Education workshops, partnership development, support for the Parent Teacher Organization, community engagement workshops, financial education, attendance support, a partnership with Kaiser Permanente, family resources, and STEM opportunities.

During SY18/19 BSCW provided the following:

  • A field trip to the STEMcx Expo and a visit with U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen on Capitol Hill, both made possible by Kaiser Permanente,
  • Walking School Bus program,
  • Family and Mentor Social Engagement Night,
  • CNA/GNA Nursing Assistant Training program,
  • Donations of free diapers, milk and baby clothing from ShareBaby,
  • Back-to-School Family Health Fair supported by Bon Secours Community Works, Bon Secours Family Support Center, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, City Councilman John Bullock, Kaiser Permanente, ShareBaby, Game Cave, Southwestern High School Alumni and FES volunteers,
  • Hands-on demonstration by BSCW's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program,
  • Monthly Maryland Food Bank HEART Markets, which provide free fresh fruits and vegetables to families,
  • Holiday engagement activity for students with their mentors,
  • Mentoring Program fitness workshop,
  • Mentoring program field trips to University of Maryland, College Park and the Walters Art Museum,
  • Thanksgiving baskets from Reformation Life Center,
  • Winter clothing donation,
  • Pastries for Parents attendance workshop,
  • Pink Friday to support Cancer Awareness, and
  • Donuts for Dads in honor of the Million Fathers March.

About Bon Secours Community Works

Bon Secours Community Works (BSCW) works to enrich West Baltimore communities with programs and services that contribute to the long-term economic and social viability of neighborhoods. As a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, Community Works seeks to further the mission of the Sisters of Bon Secours through housing, health and community development initiatives. A division of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, BSCW adheres to the Sisters’ commitment to provide good help to area residents. For more information visit: https://bonsecours.com/baltimore/community-commitment/community-works
Field trip to visit U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen on Capitol Hill, made possible by BSCW and Kaiser Permanente
BSCW brought monthly
Maryland Food Bank HEART Markets to FES.
BSCW, Southwestern High School Alumni, City Councilman John Bullock and other partners supported the Back-to-School Health Fair.
Frederick Elementary School Community BBQ - August 24, 2019
Families and community members are invited to the FES School Community BBQ on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 11:00am —2:00pm at Frederick Elementary School (2501 Frederick Ave, 21223). This family-friendly event will include Free Food, Health Screenings, Community Resources, Bounce House, Interactive Literacy and Math Games, Arts and Crafts, Face painting, Slime Station, Concessions, Book Bag and School Supplies give ways, Guest speakers, Music and more.

Goldseker Foundation Supports Govans Elementary's Community School Strategy
The Goldseker Foundation recently awarded BCP a generous $45,000 grant to support the Community School Strategy at Govans Elementary. This is the third award to support this strategy.

A Community School is both a place and a set of strategic partnerships that promote student achievement, positive conditions for learning, and the well-being of families and communities. Strong City Baltimore, the Lead Community School agency for Govans, leverages unique community resources to meet school needs with a focus on children and families.

Sandi McFadden, the Strong City Baltimore Community School Coordinator at Govans, coordinates resources and partnerships that have helped transform Govans into a hub of integrated service delivery, creating one seamless access point to critical supports.

The Govans community school strategy includes a comprehensive community engagement and outreach strategy, which is being implemented in close partnership with the Baltimore Curriculum Project and Strong City Baltimore.

This partnership builds on current efforts to attract new families to Govans Elementary through a variety of outreach and marketing strategies including monthly school tours, visits to local day care centers, a partnership with Live Baltimore, tabling at local events and school fairs, zone-wide mailings, social media, and presentations to community associations.

During school year 19/20, the partnership will ensure that there is strong communication and engagement with families and communities to keep them invested in the school during the relocation to swing space at the former Chinquapin Middle School building while Govans Elementary's new 21 st Century building is being constructed.

Strong City Baltimore will continue to expand upon the community outreach, partnership-building, and recruitment efforts carried out by Strong City Community School Coordinator Sandi McFadden. Ms. McFadden is a 25-year resident of the community and has relationships with the universities, non-profits, businesses, community associations and faith institutions that are essential to community-wide support for marketing and expansion. She is a longtime leader of the York Road Partnership and attends all committee meetings. She also serves as Vice President of the Mid-Govans community association.

The 21st Century Buildings Program offers another opportunity to engage with current families, prospective families, community residents, and partners through a host of community meetings. The Program highlighted Govans Elementary as an example of developing the Best Design for Students While Honoring Neighborhoods:

"The Govans Core team is made-up of 20 staff, parents, partners, and community members that meet regularly to review updates and project timelines. The core team developed its own engagement strategy to get more stakeholders involved in the building and community schools planning process. The team reached out to approximately 1,000 households and solicited input from parents, staff, and partners of Govans. They also helped to collect feedback from neighborhood [residents who] may have a stake in the building design but ordinarily wouldn’t attend a meeting at the request of City Schools alone."

"Through these coordinated efforts, City Schools, Baltimore Curriculum Project, Family League and Strong City Baltimore, and York Road Partnership produced a standing room only meeting with a diverse set of stakeholders."  https://www.mdstad.com/sites/default/files/2017-08/21stC2016AnnualReport.pdf

Govans Elementary, BCP and Strong City Baltimore would like to thank the Goldseker Foundation for their continued support.

About the Goldseker Foundation

the Goldseker Foundation works in partnership with the city’s civic leadership, a well-established nonprofit sector, and a growing community of entrepreneurs to serve the Baltimore community, through grantmaking primarily in the areas of community development, education, and nonprofit organizational development. For more information visit: http://goldsekerfoundation.org/
Hampstead Hill Academy Teacher Kat Lock-Jones Receives Teach for America's 2019 Kennedy Leadership Award
BCP would like to congratulate Hampstead Hill Academy teacher Kat Locke-Jones on receiving Teach for America's 2019 Kennedy Leadership Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Through the generosity of Maureen and James A.C. Kennedy, the Kennedy Leadership Awards were established to celebrate Teach for America alumni leaders who are having a profound impact with students and communities.

The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes a Teach for America alum teacher whose leadership has gone beyond traditional expectations to advance the academic and personal growth of their students.

Ms. Lock-Jones reflects on her experience with Hampstead Hill Academy and Teach for America below:

Six years later and I still believe the most meaningful job I will ever have will be inside my classroom. 

Thank you so much to Teach For America Baltimore and the Kennedy family for presenting me with the Kennedy Leadership Award for Excellence in Teaching. I'm truly honored to be acknowledged as an alum that goes beyond traditional expectations to advance the academic and personal growth of their students.

Thanks to my whole TFA Baltimore and HHA family who make every day feel better than teaching at Hogwarts. A special shout out to my coach, Michael Lucas, who said such wonderful things about me even though I'm a Yankees fan.

I'm so proud of my students and the things they accomplish inside and outside room 317. But the talented Madyson is right- I can't wait to see them be the next billionaires and hopefully the next University of Delaware students.

The best thing in the whole world is a chance to work hard at work worth doing. Now whether you know that quote from Teddy Roosevelt or the series finale of Parks and Rec, I think we can all agree that what makes work worth doing is doing with people you love. Thanks, Teach For America Baltimore, Hampstead Hill Academy, and all of my awesome, smart, empathetic Baltimore students for making teaching the best work worth doing.

Learn more about the Kennedy Leadership Awards at: https://www.teachforamerica.org/stories/kennedy-leadership-awards