The First Grade Music Class!

082214When McGuffey students move from kindergarten to first grade, they graduate from Kindermusik class to an Orff Method music class. Carl Orff is the composer of Carmina Burana  who developed a method of teaching music that goes hand in hand with the Montessori philosophy. This week the brand new first graders learned how working as a group creatively can be more interesting and fun than working solo, how to move to the beat of different rhythms played on a drum, and that the voice can tell a story without using words.

Posted in Lower Elementary, music

Miami Gymnastics Program

Miami’s nationally recognized Gymnastics Team, a club sport that travels around the country competing against other colleges and universities, offers a youth gymnastics program for children ages 2+ at Withrow Court.

Each class has an experienced lead instructor that has been background- checked and maintains certifications in gymnastics safety and CPR/First Aid. Activities are designed for instruction, recreation and fitness in the format of group lessons, private and semi-private lessons, birthday parties and a competitive team that competes in meets throughout the tri-state.

The program for this fall has been released and can be found HERE. More details are also available on the Miami Rec Center’s website.

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Job Openings for Fall 2014

We are pleased to announce that we have a new  web page for Employment under the About tab. We have posted a job description for the following job opening:

  • Assistant in the Primary Classroom (one person full-time or possibly two part-time people, hourly)

We have  received a number of  inquiries for these positions as word spread that we were anticipating openings. We are accepting resumés and will begin interviewing immediately.

We are always accepting applications for Extended Care and Substitute Teachers.

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Preschool Playground canceled for 7/14

While our gardens will be happy to see the rain, it’s made our playground too wet to play. Unfortunately, Preschool Playground will be canceled today.

Please join us on July 21st for our next session!

Posted in announcements, community, preschool

Parent Hour Opportunities Available

weedsWe have a few volunteer needs in the next week. Playground mulch will be arriving on Wednesday, July 16. Prior to its arrival we need to do two things:

  1. Trim branches to allow the truck to enter the back of the playground (will require a chain saw or tree trimming saw)
  2. Eliminate some of the bigger weeds growing through the current mulch. We would like to pull the big ones, then spray with a salt/vinegar/soap solution to discourage any growth through the new mulch.

After its arrival we will need some volunteers to spread the new mulch around! Please email Ingrid if you would like to help by trimming and/or weeding (needed ASAP) or for mulching next week.

In addition, we have regular garden bed weeding and mulching opportunities all summer. This can be done anytime. All you need to do is contact Ingrid to find out where the tools are (or bring your own!).

You may sign up for these jobs on our online Sign Up Genius, but you do not have to be signed up to help! If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Posted in building and grounds, outside, parents

Acts Of Service

061114_01 061114_02 061114_03 061114_04At McGuffey Montessori, we strive to serve others. For example, we raise money for charities like the Oxford Choice Food Pantry, students deliver flowers to businesses and neighbors around us to say ‘hello,’ and we spend Earth Day cleaning up trash around our neighborhood. This past spring, two of our students donated their hair to Locks of Love, an organization that provides wigs to people who have no hair due to disease or medication. What a wonderful gift!
Many McGuffey parents are asking their children to serve others this summer. Please send us pictures and a brief note of what service your children have provided during the summer. We’ll be posting a blog post at the beginning of the school year showing what all of our kids accomplished in the name of others!

Posted in community, McGuffey

Preschool Playground begins Monday!

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Our summer Preschool Playground program begins on Monday, June 9th, at 10am! This program is for children aged six and under. Please check here for more information.

Posted in announcements, community, McGuffey, Primary

Thank You, Thank You, and Thank You again!

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As the school year is winding down, the musical is as well. All the props have been itemized and stored. The students’ scores have been decorated and will be sent home. Student self-evaluations are done and DVDs are being ordered – have you ordered yours?

But before we can call The Phantom Tollbooth done, we have a last and very important task: delivering the Thank You List. It’s a long one, so grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine and read on.

No school can put on a musical without a lot, and I mean a lot, of help.

Our first Musical Steering Committee was phenomenal. Tom Duvall spent countless hours devising and creating both the look of our show as well as sets and props. Marcia McIntosh found whatever props were not made and helped Tom make the rest. She also organized the backstage area so that the students knew where everything was for their cues. Maggie Cooper took the lead on hospitality and rocked it, even swinging a supply of pizza for the entire student body. Amy Oberschlake and several others brought snacks and desserts or helped with clean-up tasks. Per Bloland wrote a piece of software making rehearsals so much easier for all. He also manned the sound board each and every performance. Jack Grubb helped advise the first ever student marketing committee and gave us spectacular ideas on how to make the yearly musical sustainable. Nancy Hawthorne was a wonderful committee member and supportive head-of-school, leading the charge into change for the better.

The entire staff lent their time and students, showing great understanding to make the show a success. They were flexible and supportive of both performers and staff. Staff members also worked every performance, helping backstage in a myriad of ways. Wendy Duvall designed our programs again this year. Alex Price came to every performance to run the lights.

Parents were integral this year. Jim McWilliams spent many weekends and evenings helping Tom build. Lori Bridgers sewed 4 beautiful costumes. Rich Bohon and his son Brendan created our moving tollbooth. Amy Lamborg created the enormous trees. Juan Carlos Albarran made the reversible clouds and rocks. Shane Coffman, with his son Thatcher, built Milo’s car. Chris Taylor came to rehearsals and all the performances to help Tom be a stage hand. Many parents helped backstage and with hospitality and came by Tom’s shop to lend a hand.

All that being said, the spouses and children of all of these special people had to work, too. Spouses watched children and took on extra duties so this work could be done and children may have missed their parents while they were working on the show – so thank you to the families, too!

A big shout out and thank you to Chris Glass as well, who came and took incredible photos of our production and made them available to all. The Oxford Community Foundation supplied the grant to buy the music. The Oxford Community Arts Center provided space and grace. LaRosa’s donated enough pizza to feed all of those hungry performers!!

There may be people left out on this list, omitted by lack of brain cells and no other reason. You are all so appreciated.

Now, what shall we put on next year……?

Posted in community, McGuffey, music

2014 Egg Drop

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At the Last Day of School Potluck, Tuesday, June 3rd, we will hold our annual Egg Drop. This is a tradition at McGuffey that goes back decades!

Prior to the last day of school, students will spend time at home designing a package that will hold a fresh egg. This “vehicle” will keep it from breaking when it has been thrown off the roof over the kitchen onto cold, hard cement.

For novices, the use of bubble wrap is appropriate, however, as the years creep by, many students begin to consider packaging that is more creative and “engineered.”

Although no dangerous materials are permitted, creativity is much revered. There is much respect for innovative schemes, even when they don’t succeed.

RULES
- Raw eggs only! No eggs may be hard-boiled.
- No dangerous materials may be used.
- Students may not go on the roof at any time for any reason.
- Egg packages should be delivered to the collection point when they arrive at school.
- Only the designated adult may drop eggs from the roof.
- Students must stay behind the designated “drop zone” boundary.

Good luck and get busy creating!

Posted in announcements, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, Primary, Upper Elementary

Horse Camp at Old Stone Riding Center

Old Stone Riding Center will be offering two weeks of horse camp this summer. Old Stone owner, Julie Bath, is a former McGuffey parent who finds satisfaction in helping both horses and students relax and be confident in each others company and abilities.

Children ages 5–16 may attend camp and no experience is necessary. Campers will be divided into groups based on age, experience, and ability. The cost is $240 per week. Old Stone is located on Minton Road, off of 27S, just north of Millville.

Equine Summer Camp #1
June 23—27, 9:00am – 02:00pm

Equine Summer Camp #2
August 4—8, 9:00am – 02:00pm

You can find more information on Old Stone’s website.

Posted in announcements, community