For the thirty-sixth year McGuffey is happy to welcome students and teachers back to school. In June we had the pleasure of hosting many of the founding families for Janet Kretschmer’s Celebration of Life. What a treat to hear about all the work that went into starting the school. I wonder if they knew what kind of legacy they were starting.
We are adding ten new families and fifteen new students across the school to our learning community. I am happy to be entering my sixth year as Head of School.
I love to think about all the people who have contributed with love and kindness to the life of McGuffey over the years.
At some point, parents and staff envisioned and built the well-used picnic pavilion, oversaw the pouring of the driveway that connects the Main Building with the Annex, made countless trips to Ikea, researched and implemented our Montessori transition and have guarded the vision and values through governance. Just this past weekend parents came in to clean, weed, install pavers, and sew. We look forward to seeing our new families add their own unique blend of talents and skills.
How lucky we are to continue the work that Janet and so many dedicated parents started 36 years ago.
Here’s to a fantastic 2018-19 school year!
Head of School
We are pleased to announce that we have several positions open for this fall. For more information go to the Employment section under the About tab.
- Full-time Primary Assistant (hourly), 8:30-4pm five days/week
- Part-time Primary Afternoon Assistant (hourly), Noon-4pm four days/week
- Part-time Lower Elementary Assistant (hourly), 8:30-11:30am 2-4 days/week
- Early Care Staff (hourly), 7-9am 3-5 days/week
- Primary Extended Day Staff, 3:15-5:45pm 2-5 days/week
The Primary Classroom includes PreKindergarten and Kindergarten and Lower Elementary includes Grades 1/2/3. These positions are also eligible for regular substitute work for additional hours. Applications are being accepted immediately until the positions are full. We hope to start interviewing immediately.
We are always happy to receive applications for Extended Care and Substitute Teachers.
Our summer Preschool Playground program begins on Monday, June 4th, at 10am! This program is for children aged six and under. Please check here for more information.
For the past month, the Primary students have been studying plants. Spring is the perfect time to talk about plants as they begin growing all around us.
We began with roots and stems. Roots are typically the first part to emerge from a seed, drawing in water and nutrients and keeping the plants firmly in place. We had many examples of roots on our shelf—beets, radishes, carrots, and turnips. We also discussed stems, moving water and nutrients from the roots to the leaves. We put celery in a jar of red water which allows us to observe the movement of water from the jar to the top of the celery.
Our study continued with flowers, seeds, and fruit. We dissected a lily to help learn the names of the parts of a flower. We talked about delicious fruit and how it encourages animals to eat and carry the seeds to help more plants grow. We ate some mango to sweeten the conversation!
When we are in our outdoor classroom, we have been observing the plants as they emerge from the ground and the leaves appearing on the trees. Simply being in the outdoors can be one of the greatest learning experiences we can provide!
One of our parents, Ashley, helped us plant seeds to grow vegetables and herbs in our classroom garden. Some, like lettuce, will grow quickly enough for us to harvest and taste a little bit of our crop before the end of school. Others, like melons, will grow all summer and be ready for the Primary class next fall. Everyone will help take care of our garden and watch the plants grow.
As part of our Social Studies unit on Communities, the kindergarten class took two field trips, one to City Hall and the other to Patterson’s Cafe. The kindergartners are hard at work developing their own “imaginary community” so they were full of questions at both locations. At the city building they got to see how decisions are made about development, roads, utilities, and beyond. They were especially interested when City Manager, Douglas Elliot, shared the plans for the new swimming pool at the Oxford Community Park. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the City of Oxford for taking the time out of their day to host our group.
Our second community trip was a walking field trip to Patterson’s Cafe. Building on the concepts discussed in the classroom about community, jobs, stores, and money. Now we had the chance to see how a real business runs.
We began by having lunch, which was delicious! And enjoyed a lot of laughs. Then each child had a chance to look at their bill, assess how much they needed to pay, and learn how to leave a tip.
We then got a behind-the-scenes tour with Michelle Patterson who showed us how many tables the restaurant has, the kitchen, stock room, and dishwasher. We even got a chance to see just how big and cold the refrigerator is by walking in!
Special thanks to Mike and Michelle Patterson for cooking a delicious lunch and giving a fantastic tour!
This week we are studying oceans. We talked about the different kinds of life in the ocean, and about what ocean animals eat. Then we explored the idea that the ocean has different zones. Each zone is inhabited by its own set of plants and animals, which have adapted to that particular environment. We read the book Down, Down, Down by Steve Jenkins. This book takes you from the surface of the ocean through the sunlight zone, the twilight zone, the dark zone, and all the way down to the bottom of the Challenger Deep, almost seven miles below the surface.
Students have been investigating, sorting, and counting shells. They have been “diving” in the ocean in our outdoor classroom, and exploring the wide variety of animals that inhabit the waters.