May Events

Welcome to May! 

First to recap April, we had a great month of learning the importance of gardening. Students learned about plants, visited Freetown Farm, and prepared food dishes that contained a plant as one of the ingredients. It was a lot of fun and a great way to kick off spring! 

This month, we will dive into what it means to be a Creative with special emphasis on creating filmed projects. But first, we will start out with Field Day! The following two meetings will be Club Day and a GPCH Film Festival.

Finally, you can RSVP this Friday for the annual Mom to Mom coming up on June 12th. Like in previous year’s we will have a State of GBCH/GPCH where we discuss the wins for this year and outlook for the future, we will announce leadership changes, and as a group, start putting plans in place for a dynamic 2021-22 school year. Don’t miss it!!! 

Be blessed,

Ja’Near Garrus

Field Day | May 6
May 6th, 2021 | 1:30 pm- 3:00 pmTo kick off May Activities, we invite families to join us at Lake Elkhorn Park for friendly games and a picnic lunch. We will enjoy time outdoors and have a few competitive activities for students to participate in.Please bring:Picnic blanketBagged lunch or snacks for your familyWaterFace masksOutdoor equipment (optional)Sun protection
Club Day | May 13
Start time: 1 pmFor Centuries Club, students will learn about impactful African American filmmakers.Makers Club: Students will create wire armatures for claymation projectsWhat is needed:Paper and pencilRoll of Foil paperModeling clay (Any colors desired to create a character)Optional: Bendable wire and cutting tool
GPCH Film Festival | May 20
Final student meeting for the school year!

Students, come prepared to show your creative Animation or Film projects to the GPCH Student Community!

Videos must be no longer than 1.5 minutes.
Each film must have a TitleMust be subject matter appropriate for K-8th grade students
Show creativity

Following the movie presentations, we will have an end-of-the-year wrap-up highlighting GPCH students.

April | This is how I…Garden

Plants Plants Plants!

Thursday, April 8th 1:30pm-2:30pm

Students will learn about some of the tasty fruits, vegetables, and spices we eat–what do they look like as they grow? We’ll find out! We’ll also demonstrate some fun and simple ways to garden indoors and in containers.

Visit to the Freetown Farm

FRIDAY, April 16th 2pm
Please RSVP by April 9th

We will visit Freetown Farm, the last remaining farm in Columbia, MD, where lots of learning about nature take place! This organic farm is on historic land that was once home to a large community of free African-Americans that started in the mid-1800s. This area is also considered to be part of the Underground Railroad! We will be led through the organic farm by its director and have hands-on experience with the spring crops.

Prepare and Present

Thursday, April 22nd 1:30-2:30pm
Prepare a dish of your choosing that contains a plant as one of its ingredients and bring it to show the other students. Share how you made the dish and talk about the plant(s) that are in your dish.
Be creative and have fun!

March is all about entrepreneurship!

Group Meeting:

At this meeting, we will review the concept of entrepreneurship and business planning. Come prepared to share a business idea that you would like to develop or if you have an existing business, be ready to share about your entrepreneurial endeavors and how you plan to grow. Activity: Students will create a simple business plan and pitch.

Club Day 3/18:

Centuries Club: Spotlight on notable African American entrepreneurs and their products and services.
Maker’s Club Activity: Marketing 
For Maker’s Club, students will create a logo and marketing campaign for their product.

Experience 3/25:

We are looking forward to our entrepreneurship market day on Thursday, March 25nd at Meadowbrook Park’s Parking Lot. Please bring something to “sell.” In the past, we have had students sell t-shirts, hair bows, necklaces, lemonade, snacks, bookmarks, and stem kits.

Location: Meadowbrook Park Parking Lot- 5001 Meadowbrook Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21043
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Must wear a mask, we suggest having hand sanitizer with you as well.

February Events

Happy February, GPCH Friends!

This month we will turn our attention to leadership with the celebration of Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and performance art through our programming.

Please take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the Centuries of Excellence: Black History Student Exhibition. This special event will allow your child to showcase themselves in Oratory, Dance, Music, or Art. In addition, it is an opportunity to involve your family and friends in supporting your student and our homeschool community.

Also, we anticipate great fun in our study of leadership in our meetings this month. We look forward to your participation!


Ja’Near Garrus

Group Meeting 2/11

Starts at 1:30 pm
The activities will focus on leadership: How to be a leader, characteristics of a good leader, and how to effectively communicate. We will end the meeting with a Valentine’s Day craft.

Club Day 2/18

Starts at 1:30pm

Centuries Club: Leaders in Black History and HBCUs

Maker’s Club: Rube Goldberg Project | Student Presentations

Please be prepared to show your section of the Rube Goldberg machine that includes your assigned materials

Experience 2/22

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.