The Spring Musical takes a village – and then some. This year we are employing a lot of different types of help into supporting our Spring Musical. We have a steering committee and people leading up the different areas of hospitality, sets, props, fundraising and marketing.
This year we wanted to add in students to roster of people helping. Students are serving as assistant directors for different areas and now we have added students to a marketing committee.
Jack Grubb, a parent spearheading marketing for the musical, met with a group of six Upper Elementary and Middle School students who have agreed to serve on this committee. After a brief overview of the principles of marketing, we did some brainstorming about our target audience, demographics, budget, timeframe, and types of marketing contacts. The students divided tasks among themselves and set some realistic goals for next week’s meeting.
McGuffey will be closed Monday, March 3rd.
Teachers sent some homework on Friday or by e-mail.
Stay warm and safe!
Early this morning, when most of our McGuffey families were enjoying a lazy Winter morning at home, nine students from Grade 5-8 along with three teachers and three parents, gathered to learn about peer mediation and conflict resolution.
While staff brought snacks, Chris Taylor brought his huge toolbox of experiences and training with mediation to help us. Chris is Assistant Director of Ethics and Conflict Resolution at Miami University, husband of Elizabeth, our music teacher, and dad to students Sam and Will.
We did exercises in empathy and role playing and had great discussions about peace, conflict and community… we needed a lot of snacks to keep up our stamina.
A great big thanks to all who attended and the parents who provided transportation. We plan on developing a team of “Peace Helpers” to help with all kinds of conflict as we work to build everyone’s skills in this area across the school.
A few students noticed a surprising resemblance between our facilitator and the Gnome who has been coming to visit us during the Read-a-thon.
Thanks to the Lebanon Citizens National Bank for letting us use their community room!
Tomorrow is Read Across America Day and the Cincinnati Museum Center is celebrating with a series of fun events throughout the day.
Children 12 and younger get in free with a valid library card and purchase of an adult ticket!
Special activities presented by librarians from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Duke Energy Children’s Museum Lobby
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Story times hosted by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Duke Energy Children’s Museum Corbett Theater
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
2012 Difference Maker Honorees Hannah and Alex Laman will announce the Duke Energy Children’s Museum as a new drop-off location for books in theirAdopt-a-Book program.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Read to a therapy dog
Local author Ashley Scribner reading Findlay: A Cincinnati Pig Tale
Joel the Singing Librarian
The students have worked hard learning their parts in our musical, The Phantom Tollbooth, and then memorizing them. That’s a lot of notes and rhythms and words to remember! After all their hard work, it’s clear to them why melodic and rhythmic memory are such important skills to work on during first term.
Now that the music rehearsals are over, staging begins this week!
Thanks to the parents’ help, we tallied the minutes and after only three days, the school has gotten to 5,492 minutes toward the 20,000 minute goal. By World Read Aloud Day on March 5, the staff will dress as their favorite book character if the students reach their goal.
Today, grades 4-8 walked to the library. They spent time with the librarian learning about everything the library has to offer, from books to music downloads. Afterwards, they had time to look around and find books that interested them. Thank you to the Lane Library for hosting us!
The gnomes continue to move about the rooms, waiting to be found and watching over reading. We have a list of surprise readers for the World Read Aloud Day. We can’t wait for the kids to see who’s coming!
Today in the Primary unit we had pajama day, a special day where children are invited to wear their pajamas to school instead of their regular clothes. Even the teachers wore pajamas. It’s completely silly!
We took a little time to think about what we do in our pajamas. We sleep, brush our teeth get tucked into bed, and READ! Our Read-a-thon gnome paid us a visit to see how we were doing with our reading, and gave us bracelets to help celebrate our hard work. We watched the movie versions of some of our favorite books about reading and counting, including “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.”
In the afternoon we cracked out some brand new books, and invited everyone to read. We told them they could read in any spot they found comfortable. Children settled into our red chair, cozy carpets, chair forts, and (a particular favorite) even under the tables! Looking at the pictures and piecing together the story are the beginning stages of reading for the young child. We encourage our students to “read” every day!
As we begin to study the cell and all of its parts and their functions, the students are creating “Cell Books” that depict a typical animal or plant cell and all of its organelles. The pages are transparent, and the students draw and label a few organelles per page. When they are stacked together they show the cell as complete. However, they can also turn the pages and see each of the individual organelles.
The students have also created “Cell Analogies” where they drew a picture of a something they thought was analogous to a cell and all of its organelles, then presented them to the class. We have cells represented as families, medieval cities, human bodies and more.
Next week, the class will have an assessment on this portion of the unit, which will involve creating a cell on a cookie with other small snacks. The students will need to describe what each piece represents and its function before eating their creation.