Spontaneous creation


There are magical moments that happen in a classroom, and often they occur when a teacher stands back and does nothing at all. One of our greatest tasks is to prepare the environment—to fill it with the tools a child needs to discover, explore, and learn.

Right before spring break we had one of those moments in the Primary classroom. It started with just  a handful of children that were drawing and making masks. Then they decided to put on a play. Sensing the excitement, other children joined the effort—crafting costumes and contributing ideas. By the end of the morning the entire class was involved, and they put on a play. The teachers were the audience, since every child was a participant!

Their play was about ancient Egypt, which we had just discussed. Older children helped make masks for younger ones who haven’t yet mastered scissors and glue. Some took the lead in directing, and we even heard them using some of the teachers’ techniques to help quiet the group and get their attention! Without our prompt, a cooperative, interdisciplinary project emerged. These are the moments we notice how much these children have grown and come into their own. We are so proud of their hard work!

Posted in art, drama, McGuffey, Primary, social studies

Earn 4 Family Work Hours by enrolling your Kroger Card!

Did you know that each year McGuffey raises hundreds of dollars simply by families and friends linking their Kroger Plus card to McGuffey? Simply link your Kroger Plus card to McGuffey through your online account and we receive a percentage from every purchase you make, including gas! There is no cost for enrolling, you don’t pay anything at all for participating in Community Rewards.

To encourage participation in this easy fundraising program, we are offering FOUR Family Work Hours to each family that brings in an April Kroger sales receipt showing enrollment!

Each year Kroger is requiring you to re-enroll in the Community Rewards program, so even if you have previously linked your card to McGuffey, you will need to link it again.

Please follow the instruction below to enroll or re-enroll.

To create a new online account and register your Kroger Plus card for the Community Rewards Program:

  • Start here.
  • Click on “Get started. Sign up today!” in the “New to Kroger.com?” box.
  • Sign up by entering your email address, password, and zip code. Select your favorite store.
  • Enter your Kroger Plus card information.
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on “My Account”.
  • Click on “Community Rewards”.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter our code number, 80713, in the “find your organization” field.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on in the Community Rewards section of your account information.
  • Remember, purchases will not count for your group until after you register your card.

To re-enroll your Kroger Plus card for the Community Rewards Program:

  • Start here.
  • Sign in by entering your email address and password.
  • Enter our code number, 80713, in the “find your organization” field.
  • Select McGuffey.
  • Click “save” and you’re re-enrolled for this year!
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on in the Community Rewards section of your account information.

Remember, this offer is only good for cards linked to McGuffey in APRIL. Questions? Need help? Please call Ingrid, (513) 523-7742. Thank you so much!

Posted in community, fundraising, McGuffey

Lost and Found

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Posted in announcements

Backstage at the Phantom Tollbooth

040814_01 040814_02 040814_03 040814_04 040814_05Many, if not all of you, saw the McGuffey kids on-stage at the Phantom Tollbooth, but few got to see what happens backstage. Here are some pictures of the kids preparing and waiting for their entrances. Staff and parents are on-hand to help by giving cues, calming nerves and entertaining. Ingrid, our art teacher, brought the latch hook rug project and sketchbooks for kids to work on. Quiet card games were played and there were lots of hugs and smiles. Waiting patiently is challenging for all of us and the musical is a fun way to start learning this important life lesson.

Posted in drama, McGuffey, music, parents

The short tree and the bird that could not sing

PR - alligator and bird reduced PR Bird tree and ensemble reduced PR Fish and Bird reducedThe Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill family series production of THE SHORT TREE AND THE BIRD THAT COULD NOT SING by Dennis Foon will be performed at the Oxford Community Arts Center. The show is FREE and open to the public and will take place on Sunday, April 13th at 2 pm.
Recommended for ages 5 and up, the show is a wacky fable of an unlikely friendship between a tree that resents its roots and a spunky, unflappable bird with a horrible singing voice. The play follows the bird and tree’s relationship as it builds around the joys of music, storytelling, the weather and the stars. The two friends must navigate the ups and downs of getting to know one another, growing closer and suddenly finding themselves apart.
Playhouse Education Director Mark Lutwak, who will direct the production, callsTHE SHORT TREE AND THE BIRD THAT COULD NOT SING “a charming and funny play about building friendship and separation — two processes with which young kids are familiar. For kids, it’s an epic and entertaining journey with a full roller coaster of emotions.”
Posted in community, drama

Oxford Kinetics Festival 2014

OKF2014FINDon’t forget, this Sunday is the amazing Oxford Kinetics Festival! Everything you need to know is on the Oxford Kinetics Festival Site.

Posted in community

The Phantom Tollbooth Jr. starts tonight!

phantomTonight is our first of three performances of The Phantom Tollbooth Jr. If you have not yet reserved your free tickets, please do so on our Sign Up Genius link.


Posted in announcements, drama, McGuffey, music

Lower Elementary Community Building

cooking4 cooking3 cooking2 cooking1Learning to be a community is such fun! Preparing, making, serving, and even cleaning up is all part of building community in a Montessori classroom. The students enjoyed yummy smoothies. Thanks to our wonderful parent for helping.

Posted in community, cooking, Lower Elementary, parents

A special visitor

ChristianLast week we had a visit from a friend we haven’t seen in a while. It’s always nice when former McGuffey students who have taken a different path in life come back to visit!

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New Head of School

On behalf of the McGuffey Montessori School Board of Trustees, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Hawthorne as our Head of School, effective immediately.

Nancy brings a deep love of learning and many years of teaching and administrative experience to our school. For more information on Nancy’s professional background, please see her staff bio on our website.

During her ten month tenure as Interim Head of School, Nancy has demonstrated strong leadership skills and a commitment to continuing our implementation of the Montessori curriculum and philosophy.

The Board is confident that Nancy will lead McGuffey into its second thirty years of being an exceptional learning community in the Oxford region.

Welcome, Nancy!

Michelle Patterson and Jon Ralinovsky, Board Co-Chairs

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