We are pleased to announce that we have a new web page for Employment under the About tab. We have posted job descriptions for the following two openings:
- Assistant in the Primary Classroom (one person full-time or possibly two part-time people, hourly)
- Office Manager (part-time, hourly)
We have already received a number of qualified inquiries for these positions as word spread that we were anticipating openings. We are accepting resumés and will begin interviewing immediately. We hope to have these positions filled in time for our staff retreat on August 14th.
We are always accepting applications for Extended Care and Substitutes.
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!
We 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:
- Trim branches to allow the truck to enter the back of the playground (will require a chain saw or tree trimming saw)
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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!
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.
7 days and counting… That’s how many school days lie between us and summer. The countdown is always a push-me pull me of readiness for a break, for play and for sunshine while keeping in mind we have a lot to accomplish during those days. In music, the students are preparing for the Last Concert as well as 8th Grade Graduation.
The Last Concert is written by the 6th, 7th and 8th graders, who come up with a premise and story to weave together songs and dances learned during the school year. Once the show has an outline, each grade-band gets to add their own dialog and tweaks here and there. Happily, the show is written and is now in rehearsals. The students are quite proud of themselves!
For 8th Grade Graduation, grades 1-7 will be serenading the 8th graders with a lovely song called I’m Not Lost by Jana Stanfield and will accompany themselves along with guitarist, Joe Kretschmer. The Circle Game is a McGuffey tradition at graduation and the lower elementary students are learning an accompaniment on the hand bells.
Today, after their work was done for the day, the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders played a game of sort-of-baseball. There were bats and a hockey stick but no real baseball, so a beach ball was good enough and possibly more fun. First base was a jump rope, second base a yellow leaf which kept moving mysteriously, and third was a magical clump of grass. These students know each other so well and 4 of them will be graduating in a week’s time. This sort-of-baseball game, played by true athletes and untrue athletes alike, was a testament to friendship, ingenuity, good humor, modesty and joy.