November Events

Happy November!  This month we will focus on the importance of serving and the many ways to serve.  We will highlight community service organizations and providers, enjoy a guest speaker, and get creative with ornament making.

Stay involved and we look forward to your participation!!

Nov. 5th: Many Ways to Serve! @ 1:30p

Bring a quote about service to the meeting and be able to share why you selected the quote and what it means to you. Other activities will include highlighting service organizations, a service-related game, and taking action on a community service project as a group.

Nov. 12: Club Day @ 1:30 pm

Centuries Club: African Americans in Public Health
The Club Day meeting will start with a guest speaker, Dr. Tramaine P. McMullen, MPH.  She will discuss with the students: what is public health, how does it impact our society, how do public health scientists serve others, and the careers available in the field.  She will also spotlight notable African-American Public Health scientists.  Students can ask questions during the last portion of the presentation.

Maker’s Club: Festival of Trees Ornament Making
Please stay tuned for the final details for this project and how you can help. Based on the students’ selection of tree design, parents will be sent a materials list in a separate email.  Each family will create a few ornaments based on the instructions to contribute to our tree. 

Pickleball Lessons

Last pickleball lesson this Friday for registered students!  Please arrive on time and be ready to have fun!
3rd Lesson:
Nov. 6th
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm  

Finally, please dress for the weather and parents, if you would like to watch, bring an outdoor chair.

October | This is how I…Vote!

Welcome to October!  

This month we will highlight the importance of government, leadership, and voting.  As a reminder, all events will happen at the same Zoom link.

Upcoming, we are already planning Christmas activities!  The group has been signed up to design a Christmas tree for the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees. The sale of this tree will benefit the programs at Kennedy Kreiger.  We are seeking design submissions from our students.  One design will be chosen to influence the direction of our tree. 
October 8th: Vote Our Own Adventure! @ 1:30p Students will share an imaginative experience where they work together to solve challenges. As the journey unfolds, they will learn the importance of laws and voting.
 
Picture credit- albiongould.com
October 15: Club Day | 1:30p-2:30p Centuries Club
We will learn about the creation of the United States Flag, with a focus on the Star-Spangled Banner Flag

Maker’s Club: Toothpick Tower Challenge
We are looking forward to learning about structure through this challenge. Will your design be able to stand the test?!?
October 22: Field Trip
Tree-mendous Trek
Howard County Conservatory | In-person OR Virtual option available
 Hike the woodlands of Mt. Pleasant farmstead viewing and identifying numerous plant and tree species with a naturalist. Along the way, your guide will point out animal habitats and (hopefully) their residents. Visit the newly renovated Hodge Podge Lodge of PBS fame, our beehives, “Champion” White Oak, and other fascinating trees. This walk is somewhat strenuous and requires good walking shoes.

Logistics- Our group will be broken into 2 groups with separate docents to keep the numbers extremely low and our families safe
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Please wear a mask and walking shoes and come dressed for the weather.

Back-up weather day- 10/29
October Pickleball Lessons

Open to 5th grade and Middle School Students
Very limited space is available to ensure proper distancing and safety measures.

Series of 3 lessons:
October 16, 23, and 30
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The lessons are scheduled for 1 1/2 hours at noon starting on Friday, October 16, 23, and 30th. Lynne Coburn, the Director of Pickleball at Coppermine Racquet and Fitness, will be the instructor for the series.  Racquets and balls will be provided.  Students will play on an outdoor court.

Parents, if you would like to watch, please bring an outdoor chair.

Students please wear tennis shoes, bring a bottle of water, and a mask. Parents will be asked to sign a waiver for participating students.

Sponsored by Mt Olive United Methodist Church
October 28: Hydroponic Gardening
Time: 1pm-2pm

GBCH and GPCH Students, learn how to garden year-round with hydroponics!  Master Gardener, Carol Jones, will be teaching this lesson.  

What is Hydroponics?  a form of gardening that uses no soil, but instead grows plants in a solution of water and nutrients. A hydroponic system can grow plants and vegetables faster and year-round.

More details to come!
Sponsored by Mt Olive United Methodist Church
Call for Submissions!   Students, we invite you to submit a Christmas Tree design idea for GBCH’s submission to the Festival of Trees by Kennedy Krieger.  

The selected design will inspire the direction of the real Christmas Tree’s decorations and ornaments that we will make as a group.   Note: the GPCH tree will be 4′ high.

Deadline:  October 15, 2020

Please do not put your name on the front of the drawing.
Parents, no helping!  We want to see student ideas.

Please email submissions to greaterpurposehomeschoolers@gmail.com under the Heading: Festival of Trees Submission.