Braving The Cold During Extended Day

ExDay1 ExDay2 ExDay3 ExDay4Last week’s arctic blast changed up our usual plans for Extended Day, as we began setting up crafts and games inside to stay warm. A few determined snow-sculptors braved the cold, however, and built an igloo using the the plastic bins that had been left on the playground to help spread the latest batch of mulch. By the end of the day, after only a few hours of work, the igloo stood around four feet tall – and since the weather remained quite cold for the rest of the week, the igloo has continued to grow a bit taller each day.

A reminder that any children who attend Extended Day need to have boots, gloves, and a winter coat to be allowed to go outside in this weather, especially as the sunset and its accompanying drop in temperature begin to inch their way earlier into our afternoons.

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Glen Helen Day One

glenhelen1day1 glenhelen1day2 glenhelen1day5 glenhelen1day6glenhelen1day3Grades 4, 5 and 6 had a wonderful first day at Glen Helen. We arrived right on time, got unpacked quickly, had lunch, and were out hiking trails by early afternoon. Some trail groups got a close up look at animals, and another explored forest ecology. Before dinner, everyone had a chance to play in the snow. They threw snowballs, tried to build a snow fort, and created a game board with their footprints to play fox and mouse tag.

After dinner, the naturalists put on fun, silly skits and sang songs. Then we went back to the dorm for hot chocolate and dessert, played games, and listened to music before finally getting into bed. It was a full and very exciting day, and they are looking forward to tomorrow.

Posted in field trip, McGuffey, outside, Upper Elementary

School Closed, 11/17

School will be closed today. McGuffey will reopen tomorrow at the regular time. Early Care will be available as usual tomorrow.

To Glen Helen parents: Glen Helen can accommodate us tomorrow. Our schedule will shift one day. See you tomorrow between 8-8:15am. The bus will leave at 8:30am.

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The illusion of brown oak trees

Image-1-2trees2photo 2 leavesmaryThis week in art, we discussed the appearance of oak trees this time of year. From afar, most oak trees look as if all their leaves have turned brown. Upon closer inspection, many of them have leaves with mixes of orange, red, yellow and green. Students used a variety of coloring methods to create such an effect.


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Act of Kindness?

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What started out as an act of kindness for the school, quickly turned to an act of silliness by the LE Classroom.

Posted in building and grounds, community, Lower Elementary, outside, physical education

Oxford Empty Bowls 2014

Empty Bowls

connieEmpty1empty2Students in grades 1 and 2 were visited by Connie Malone to discuss the Oxford Empty Bowls 2014 event, for which we have been working on several group art projects. We hope to see many McGuffey Montessori families at this wonderful (and delicious) event this weekend!

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Scholastic Book Orders due Wednesday

Your child received an order form from Scholastic  Books last week. If you would like to order books, please remember the deadline to turn in your form and payment is Wednesday, November 5.

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Today we welcomed Rohan, a Miami student from the Indian Student Association. He came to talk to us about the holiday of Diwali and the annual celebration that is put on by his organization.

Diwali, “the festival of lights,” is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in the fall. The festival celebrates “the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.” Students asked lots of questions about Diwali, and the got to see several short clips of last year’s production.

If you would like to extend your child’s understanding of Diwali and Indian culture, you can take them to see the production put on by the Indian Student Association this Saturday, November 1, from 2–4pm. The production is suitable for all ages and the ticket price includes a selection of Indian food, served after the performance. Tickets can be purchased online through Miami University. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Special thanks to Rohan for sharing his knowledge with us today!

Posted in announcements, community, drama, guest speakers, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, music, Primary, social studies, Upper Elementary

The Carnival of the Animals

101314_01101314_02101314_03101314_04101314_05 The entire school is currently studying Camille Saint-Saëns beloved work, “The Carnival of the Animals.” We have discussed how Saint-Saëns wrote “The Carnival of the Animals” as a joke for his music students and only allowed it to be published posthumously.

Each grade band is listening and learning at their own level of development. Kindergartners practiced creative gross motor movement, dancing as each animal. Lower Elementary students colored pictures of the animals as they listened then answered questions about what they heard. 4th and 5th graders spent time deciding which instruments and tempi they would choose for the animals then listened to hear what Saint-Saëns picked — they got in some awesome lion moves as well. Middle School students are learning about the role of the conductor and interpretation, listening to several recordings of the same movement looking for nuances and differences between them.

In January, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will be performing “The Carnival of the Animals.” Look in your email for a link to sign up for tickets and go with the whole school! The sign up deadline is November 5th.

Posted in Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, music, primary unit, Upper Elementary

Chinese Opera


Last week students in Kindergarten through 8th grade had an opportunity to watch performers from the Chinese Opera which was visiting Miami University. The first pair of actors performed a piece about a shepherd and young girl. Next, a young woman played a beautiful piece of Chinese music on a wooden flute.  The third part of the performance was a young girl singing and dancing the story of a messenger sent by the gods to distribute flowers to the earth. Finally, a young man demonstrated how some the props are used.

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