Help Us Help You!

Our Tuesday/Thursday morning Zoom calls with our elementary students have been going strong over the past few weeks!  Most meetings, the children each share a poem with the group… some that have been memorized, some that require a little parental assistance, and all that the others look forward to hearing.  We’ve also shared some very cool feats of engineering, seeds go from planting to sprouting, and heard about how everyone has been making the most of our present situation since we were last together.
It’s not too late to join us tomorrow (and every other Tuesday/Thursday at 10:00 am for the foreseeable future!) at this link: https://zoom.us/j/432951482

        If you have any questions about what is next for GFT, you’re not alone!  Please feel free to reach out.  We are thinking of everyone during these trying times and look forward to seeing everyone soon.

Kristin

 

What A Time to be Alive!

    The last thirteen days have been a bit surreal.  The worldly pandemic and subsequent economic repercussions will certainly affect many businesses… small businesses like GFT and the ones that our GFT community members, myself included, are running as best they can under the current circumstances.

    Governor Hogan’s address today moved the next potential date “back-to-school” as April 24th.  As much as we would love to have our students physically together again as soon as possible, it is not the socially responsible move right now… even though I am generally all about stretching the rules. 😉

   Some good news is that our GFT elementary and middle schoolers will continue to virtually meet and be lead by the amazing Miss Jennifer on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00.  We will start each session with Poetry Corner and then introduce a new topic/skill/site for families to use on their time home.  If you’re part of our umbrella or watching us from the sidelines, please feel free to join in, too! Here is the link for all future meetings: https://zoom.us/j/432951482

   Miss Julia had a meeting-of-the-minds with her students this week, and they collectively decided to meet virtually moving forward.   They will continue their integrated study of history and literature, as well as their presentations and biology studies. The topics they are covering are nothing short of remarkable, and we are fortunate to have her on our team.

    We are working on options for tuition refunds and credits for these unprecedented times, while still servicing rent, insurance, and other outstanding payments.  Monthly invoices will be stalled, and I personally will do everything in my power to keep the resources coming and keep our vision of being an amazing alternative educational experience for families at the forefront of our decisions.  For those that paid up-front, we will work something out for you, as well.

   For our umbrella members, we will still have spring portfolio reviews… they may just end up being virtual.  We will make that call closer to the date.

    While I personally am relatively new to the homeschool circuit, I have been so humbled and in awe of those of you who have been doing this for quite some time now and have approached this by jumping head-first into helping those who are struggling to figure all this out.  Thank you for championing the idea that learning happens everywhere and that we’re all going to be alright… eventually. 🙂

     If you have any questions about what is next for GFT, please feel free to reach out.  We are thinking of everyone during these trying times and look forward to seeing everyone soon.

Kristin

Hey, I Know You!

Join us again tomorrow, March 19, at 10:00 am to share a favorite poem and catch up with GFT friends!  Social distancing does not need to mean social isolation. 🙂

We had a blast hearing from the works of Shel Silverstein, as well as poems about roses, crabs, clovers, and more on Tuesday.  We hope you can make it!

Check out the link here on March 19th at 10:00!

You can also go to the “Events” section of Global Foundations Tutorial’s Facebook page for up-to-date links for the Poetry Corners taking place next week!

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Not sure where to find a solid poem to share?  Give www.poetryfoundation.org a whirl!  From the site, you can choose from a variety of topics and age groups to suit whatever mood your child wishes to express.

Zoom is a software-based, video sharing solution and may require a download prior to joining.  All participants will have the audio/video or just the audio option and will be muted upon entry to the meeting.

Zoom with Us!

Just because we are hunkering down doesn’t mean that we can’t still “see” each other!  Join GFT tomorrow, St. Patrick’s Day(!), at 10:00 on the Zoom link here.   We plan on spending our time sharing poems and tales from our time apart and bringing the kiddos a bit of familiarity in this unfamiliar climate.

Not sure where to find a solid poem to share?  Give www.poetryfoundation.org a whirl!  From the site, one can choose from a variety of topics and age groups to suit whatever mood your child wishes to express.

Zoom is a software-based, video sharing solution and may require a download prior to joining.  All participants will have the audio/video or just the audio option and will be muted upon entry to the meeting.

We would love for you to join us as long as you are able and look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

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GFT and COVID-19

The staff at GFT continue to collaborate to ensure proper and timely management of the fluid situation we are dealing with surrounding COVID-19 in Maryland. We are closely monitoring the reports surrounding COVID-19 to make informed decisions to keep our students, families, and staff safe.

We continue to be vigilant in keeping our facility clean and safe. We encourage all to continue to practice good hygiene by washing hands frequently.  If your child is sick, he/she should be kept home and please advise us of his/her illness or if there has been COVID virus exposure.

As educators do, we are using this as a time to re-learn and review sanitary practices with the students.  Our middle school students are having rich discussions surrounding the topic and learning to discern facts from the media frenzy.

Should a change in the calendar be deemed necessary, we will communicate that as soon as possible.  The health and safety of our GFT community is our top priority. We will continue to provide you updates and, in the interim, feel free in all cases to contact us should you have any concerns.