2017 Shop Local Cards Available Now

2017 Shop Local cards are here! Get them at MOON Co-Op, Juniper, the Oxford Farmer’s Market, and McGuffey Montessori School for only $15. This year’s card features benefits including…

—5% off every day at MOON Co-op
—10% off your purchase at Kofenya
—15% off one item at Juniper
—$5 day passes at Miami Rec Sports… and much more! For a complete list of the discounts available, go to oxfordshoplocal.com.

Although fundraising is a critical piece of McGuffey’s budget, it is also part of our school philosophy to act responsibly as a part of our community, and to pay it forward.

For this reason, McGuffey has decided to share a portion of the proceeds with some of our favorite non-profit organizations—the Oxford Community Choice Pantry, the Oxford Farmers Market Uptown Sprouts Program, and the Friends of the Oxford Lane Library. These are organizations our students, families, and staff consider a valuable part of this community.

We also believe it is important to support our local economy, and, for that reason, have chosen a “Shop Local” theme for our card, and have sought businesses from Oxford and the neighboring communities to participate in this program.

McGuffey students, parents, and staff donate their time and talents to facilitate the production, sale, and distribution of the Shop Local card, so there will be no cost to participating businesses or our non-profit beneficiaries.

We thank you for your support!

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Tiny Life

This unit of Science really takes some imagination! Last week Primary students were talking about the living things that exist that we can’t even see. Just in time for cold and flu season, they talked about viruses and bacteria. While some of them are good for us, others can make us pretty sick. Another great reason to keep washing our hands!

The class also talked about how they can see the effects of tiny life. The pumpkin they’ve been pounding is beginning to look pretty mushy. They put it outside, and are watching the effect of the tiny life that is helping it decompose.

Students put some of their lunch leftovers into a bin and have been watching the result of microbes at work. By the time they walked in after the long weekend, things were looking pretty different! The class put some of the mold under the microscope to get a closer look.

Always a favorite are the plush microbes. Teachers do explain that real microbes aren’t quite as adorable, but these cuddly versions always seem to make microbes a bit less intimidating.

Posted in Primary, science

Pokémon Club at Oxford Lane Library Tomorrow


Pokémon Trading Card Game Club meets tomorrow (Sunday) at the Oxford Lane Library from 1-3pm. Tomorrow’s meeting is scheduled to be held in the Havighurst Meeting Room (upstairs). Should we be moved to a different space, we will post a notice on the front door of the library.

You can always check this page on our website for Pokémon Club dates and times. Our upcoming meetings after tomorrow are on February 5 and February 19.

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Learning about the Great Pyramids of Egypt in the Upper Unit

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The Upper Unit students are examining who built the pyramids in Egypt and putting all the skills they have learned this year to the test. They are looking through several documents, learning from primary sources, evaluating the evidence, corroborating the information, and coming to a conclusion supported by the facts they find.

As this is a Humanities project, the students will first be working in Social Studies to make sure the content and factual information are correct. Then they will be working on their paragraphs in Language Arts to correct the style and punctuation.

These critical thinking and writing skills will help the students decipher information from various sources and convey what they have learned in clear, accurate language.

Posted in language arts, social studies, upper unit

Making Personal Timelines in Lower Elementary


Students in Lower Elementary recently completed work on their Personal Timeline projects. This project is part of our History curriculum and aims to help students learn more about how time unfolds and how they can begin to view their own life in the context of the time that has passed since they were born. Prior to this project, they learned about different ways to measure time, including days (and the origins of the names of our days), weeks, months (and the origins of their names, too), years, decades, centuries, and millennia.

For the Personal Timeline project, students brought in one photo for each year of their life so far. They glued these photos to a poster, made note of which photo represented which year of their life, and then wrote a sentence for each year, either describing what the photo depicted or one thing they did during that year.

After everybody finished their timelines, we displayed them all in our classroom and allowed students to walk around and see these small glimpses into each other’s lives. We will be keeping these timelines in the classroom until our Celebration of Learning next week when you can come see them for yourself.

Posted in Lower Elementary, social studies

Making Gelato in Primary

Last week, Primary made gelato. They poured the ingredients for Italy’s tasty take on ice cream into the machine at morning meeting. By the time afternoon enrichment rolled around, their gelato was ready.

While they enjoyed their taste of gelato, they invented different floors of gelato—some pretty traditional and others quite original. Everyone thought this exploration of Italy was quite delicious!

Posted in cooking, Primary, social studies

Studying Human Anatomy in the Upper Unit


Ligaments and tendons and bones, oh my! The Upper Unit is studying Anatomy and Physiology in science. They are currently working on the Musculoskeletal System, examining how their own muscles exert force in specific directions, using atlases to look up the names of particular muscles, identifying the three types of muscle cell under a microscope, and puzzling out the difference between tendons and ligaments. They will be studying bones next week.

Posted in science, upper unit

Lower Elementary Gets Back to Work


Now that we’ve started the first full week back in our normal routines after Winter Break, our students in Lower Elementary have hit a stride in their daily work periods. With the reliable time slot of two hours every morning, students know that they can begin works and activities that might take a while and still manage to complete them by the end of the work period, even with a snack break and some chatting mixed in.

Some of the works that you see students doing in the photos above include the Montessori grammar boxes, the Albanesi Mathematics curriculum, the Kumon Telling Time workbook, the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, the Montessori puzzle maps, independent silent reading, a jigsaw puzzle, and a monthly Lego calendar.


Posted in Lower Elementary, Montessori method

Primary Studies the United Kingdom

Primary recently moved their exploration of the continents to Europe!

Their first country in Europe was the United Kingdom. This can be a confusing region because it is actually made up of four countries—England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

The children have been busy paging through a London pop-up book, working with a replica of the London Underground, sharing a cup of tea, and checking out the iconic red phone booth.

Listen closely, and you might hear someone singing a song about fish and chips as they work!

Posted in Primary, social studies

Pokémon Club at Oxford Lane Library Tomorrow


Pokémon Trading Card Game Club meets tomorrow (Sunday) at the Oxford Lane Library from 1-3pm. Tomorrow’s meeting is scheduled to be held in the Havighurst Meeting Room (upstairs). Should we be moved to a different space, we will post a notice on the front door of the library.

You can always check this page on our website for Pokémon Club dates and times. Our upcoming meetings after tomorrow are on January 22, February 5, and February 19.

Posted in announcements, community