Parent Engagement – November

Activity: Acorn Throwing
Use the plethora of acorns that have fallen this fall to make a fun game. You can make your own targets or simply use buckets with assigned point values. Whoever gets the most acorns wins.

Plant of the Month: Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica)
Broccoli, a cool-season crop, is an easy plant to grow in the fall season. Related to cauliflower, cabbage, and kale, broccoli is known for its high nutritional value and anti-cancerous properties according to the American Cancer Society. For best results, broccoli should be grown in soils that are fertile, well-drained, and have texture ranging from sandy loam to clay loam. The variety that grows well in North Carolina is Packman Hybrid (standard variety).

Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 to 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper (to taste)


  1. Put the watermelon pieces, water, lime or lemon juice, mint and honey into blender.
  2. Blend ingredients until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Serve right away or cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours. Make sure to stir before serving.
  4. Enjoy!