Umbrella Registration is OPEN!

   It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  It’s time to register for GFT’s umbrella!  We are SO excited and humbled by all those who assisted in helping us secure sponsorship for this year.  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!  That said, it’s time to register!

   Families with a child new to homeschooling who have not yet informed their respective counties need to do so.  You can find the “Maryland Homeschool Letter of Intent” here.  For Part C, choose Choice B with this information: Global Foundations Tutorial, 725 Millwood Drive, Fallston, MD 21047

   Complete all pertinent information and mail/email it to your county’s homeschool liaison.  While confirmation is not necessary, as a mom, I like to know it’s been received.  For your peace of mind, we do verify everyone’s information with the counties.  This document needs to be sent to the county no later than 15 days prior to the start of your school year and only needs to be completed once per child (not once per school year).  If you were a part of GFT’s umbrella in the past, we will inform the counties of your continued involvement with us.

   Anyone wishing to join the GFT umbrella for the 2020/2021 academic year (whether you’ve been with us in the past or not): Please pay $75 (until September 1 or $100 after September 1) to paypal.me/GFTTowson.  


This is what it will look like:

 

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Step 2: Enter in $75.00, add your child(ren)’s name(s) in the “notes” section (see below) and un-click “paying for groups and services”.

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   Once payment has been sent, please complete the information in this webform to complete registration:  https://bit.ly/GFT2020Umbrella

    Once registration and payment have been received and reviewed, families will receive the “Umbrella Review Sheet” and confirmation of their enrollment within 48-72 hours of registration.  

    Umbrella information will be sent by GFT to the counties in early September and closed out in mid-May. 

    We are so excited to work with everyone this year and thank you for trusting your homeschooling experience with us!

GFT at CVP!

Wow, what a turnout!  We had a blast meeting up with friends at our stream meet-and-greet this past week at Cromwell Valley Park.  Adults had a chance to discuss the nuts and bolts of homeschooling in Maryland while the children were thoroughly entertained by some very vocal turkeys and chickens outside the Willow Grove Nature Center.

From there, we headed out for a walk along the stream and past the old mill until we arrived at a very active frog pond.  The students and adults alike got a chance to search and spot a number of frogs as they croaked and hopped around the pond.

The morning ended at the children’s play area with lots of climbing, see-sawing, dirt-moving, and mud kitchen experimentation.  This park is a Baltimore County gem, and GFT will be back, for sure!

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Are you interested in joining GFT’s umbrella to get first access to trips like this?  Registration starts this week, so make sure we have you on our radar! If so, please add your information to our mailing list here.  We look forward to seeing you out and about soon!

Bat Box Bonanza!

What a BLAST we had caulking, painting, and hanging Holt Nature Center’s very first bat boxes!  For many of the children, it was their first attempt at using caulk. So we discussed why it is so important for the bats that all nooks and holes are sealed shut.  Bats often live in large colonies and are packed in for warmth.  Our children (and adults!) learned today that the smaller boxes that may house on a couple of bats really need to be sealed carefully from the elements since body warmth will not be as much of a factor.  We also used dark paint that not only helps blend with the trees but will help attract and retain heat in the cold, winter months (though winter seemed a far cry off in the summer heat!).

In between dry times, we read “Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story” and “Nightsong”, took a stroll to the pond and tried our luck at netting frogs and tadpoles, and enjoyed spending socially distant time with friends, old and new.  A special shout-out goes to Ms. Rowan, the naturalist at Holt Park.  She supplied all the bat boxes and showed the children an amazing little brown bat that had been mummified and was given to the park.  She was also a wealth of information regarding bats, and we appreciated that she spent her morning with us!

Interested in hearing about GFT’s plan for this academic year?  Come out for our next outdoor get-together and creek meet-and-greet event at Cromwell Valley Park at 10:00 on Monday, August 3.  We’ll be exploring the grounds (using social distancing) and answering any questions you have about GFT or homeschooling in general.  More details about the event and where to go in the park can be found here. We can’t wait to see you then!

Want to get on our “Interested Family” list for this coming year? Add your info here, and we will reach out to you soon!

Blueberry Wrap-Up!

What a joy it was to enjoy a socially-distant outing with some of our GFT friends, old and new!  There were lots of summer stories shared, belly laughs, late-season blueberries picked, and the newest details about GFT’s fall program all coming together.

A huge thank you also goes to the host, Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm!  The large, shaded playground area helped cool us down from the hot, summer sun.  Additionally, lunch was a breeze when getting one of their delicious, homemade pizzas, straight from their outdoor blueberry oven!

Jennifer, our Curricular Specialist and Lead Tutor, shared a picture of her post-picking, blueberry-laden dessert… since her crew clearly had enough self-control to not eat them all on the ride home (unlike some of us).  It looks like it was a hit!

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Interested in hearing about GFT’s plan for this academic year?  Come out for our bat box decorating and assembly event at Holt Nature Center for the Arts on Tuesday, 28 from 10:00-12:00.  Details about where to go and what to bring can be found here.  We can’t wait to see you then!

Do you want to get on our “Interested Family” list for this coming year? Add your info here, and we will reach out to you soon!

 

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