…to put Trivia Night on your calendar! This year, McGuffey Montessori School will have its fifth annual Trivia Night on Saturday, February 8 from 6:00-10:00 pm. If you are a new family or simply haven’t been to Trivia Night before, you’ll want to make your childcare arrangements now and start brushing up on your trivia facts. This is a fun filled night and a great fundraiser for our school. Look for more details and reminders over the next months. There are many parent hour opportunities involved in Trivia Night. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Nancy!
We have been exploring one of the basic elements of art, the line. Lower Elementary students learned various types of lines, including vertical, horizontal, and diagonal. They also practiced making straight, loopy, zig-zag and other lines. We learned a few ways to remember these terms, including my favorite: Ernie, whose shirt and face shape represents horizontal lines, and Bert, who represents vertical. To this day, I still say “Bertical” when remembering which is which. Lower Elementary completed two projects on lines. The first was a quick demonstration depicting their knowledge of vertical, horizontal and diagonal. They chose from drawing tools, colored paper lines, or a mixture of the two. There was such great variation in their work! The next project included a bigger choice of lines. They could use whatever type of line they wished, but were instructed to start their line on one edge and “take it for a walk”, ending on a different edge of the paper. They filled in the sections created by their intersecting lines with a choice of paints, markers, crayons, pencils, or a mixture. Again, I was impressed with the variety of finished products.
Upper Elementary and Grades 6/7/8 did a quick review on type of lines, then completed a similar project, but took it a step further by creating 3-dimensional constructions with their work. Both groups are also starting preliminary work on their Artist Research Project. More details on this coming soon.
One goal I have for P.E. is to give the Middle School students a chance to play games just for fun with each other to help foster their interpersonal relationships. This also allows them to learn the rules of various games in a monitored and structured way, so they can take it to recess or elsewhere and share. And sometimes, like right after Halloween, its just plain good fun!
Try to name the Rainbow Morph, Gumby or the Hockey Player….
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Please share this link with family and friends and encourage them to use it. It’s an easy way that friends, family, and alumni can help support McGuffey.
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There are two people who are a very important part of our McGuffey community, but we never see them! Dan and Lana come late at night and clean our whole school. When we arrive in the morning, like magic, the floors have been vacuumed and the bathrooms are clean.
The week prior to Thanksgiving we have been talking about what it means to be thankful. We told the Primary students about Dan and Lana. We decided to make cards for them, thanking them for all their hard work. Each child worked diligently on their card, some even making two or three! We posted all the cards on our tall cabinets in the Primary room for Dan and Lana to find when they arrived to clean over Thanksgiving break.
The children were so proud of their work. We are so grateful to have Dan and Lana be part of our McGuffey community!
Students in kindergarten through sixth grade were treated to a spectacular operetta this morning, given by a troupe of Miami University students. The operetta was titled “The Girl Who Could Only Sing Three Notes.” The performers used the story to demonstrate how music sounds with a limited number of notes available and how it sounds when there are many more. The story and music were written by Howard Blanning, Assistant Professor of Miami’s Theater Department, who also accompanied the performance on banjo.
This was their premiere performance and soon they will be taking the show on the road to Czechoslovakia. What a treat and education for our students, who are just starting work on their own musical, to see such a wonderful performance and hear the Miami students have been working hard for three months to learn it.
The character who could only sing three notes was was named Solami. We couldn’t have planned it better since our students have been playing the “Salami game” to work on those very same notes, So La Mi.
One of our year long collaborative projects is a latch hook rug with our McGuffey Montessori logo. We started by projecting the image onto a large blank latch hook canvas. Upper Elementary students did most of the work on this part. Currently, students are working on the rug as a free choice option when they have a few spare moments in class.
The Lower Elementary class is doing a fabulous job teaching each other how to hook the yarns onto the canvas. Though I have taught only a couple children how to do it, about half the kids have been contributing already. Grades 4/5 and 6/7/8 have been busier working on class assignments but will have plenty of opportunities to join in over the course of the school year. If you happen to come down to the art room, feel free to hook a few yarn pieces!
‘Kick off’ in this case does not pertain to the NFL but our musical, The Phantom Tollbooth. Our kick-off week meant all the students got their scores (which stay at school until after the musical in April) and got to watch the animated movie of The Phantom Tollbooth. Popcorn and apples were provided, because, well, it just wouldn’t be right not to have snacks!
But don’t worry, they’ve been busy working, too. Joe and Janet Kretchmer came by to work on The Circle Game with the Middle Schoolers. Middle Schoolers also started on transcribing rhythm. Though unsure of their ability at first, they were excited to see all they are capable of!
Upper Elementary practiced rhythms on the tubanao drums using flashcards and performed their compositions on ‘found sounds’ in the music room, a la the group Stomp.
Lower Elementary learned the song Autumn which combined art and movement and dovetailed with the leaves they’ve been making in art. In addition, since so many have joined the after-school Spanish Club, they learned Duerme, Mi Tesoro, a Spanish lullaby.
All groups have started learning about the Classical Period, listening to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and were introduced to the key board family. After all that work, a kick off was just the thing!