While we hesitate to push consumerism at this over-consumerism time of year, if you are already planning to do shopping this season, here are some ways to leverage it with just a little bit of planning ahead.
First Stop, KROGER.
- Buy gift cards for GIFTS at Kroger. Giving the gift of iTunes to someone on your list? Giving someone some Target credit as a gift? Buy the cards at Kroger and raise money for McGuffey.
- Consider the places you normally spend money, then look to see if Kroger carries gift cards for those businesses. Planning to shop at Amazon, Lowe’s, or Target this month? Planning to eat at Domino’s, Chipotle or Applebee’s this month? Stop at Kroger and purchase gift cards for these first and then go use them. This should even work for paying your monthly AT&T bill. Ch-ching.
When you scan your Kroger Card at the checkout for gift cards, McGuffey always earns 4% of your purchase. This only works if your Kroger Card is tied to McGuffey! For directions for this, go HERE.
But WAIT, there’s more!
At this time of year, Kroger gives you FOUR times your gift card purchase in gas points (it’s normally double, which is still pretty good). Right now, for every $100 spent, that’s $4 earned for McGuffey and 40 cents off each gallon of gas at your next fill-up.
But WAIT, there’s more!
If you purchased an Amazon gift card and you start your shopping cart by clicking through the McGuffey website to Amazon… McGuffey earns yet ANOTHER 4-6% on that sale from Amazon. We checked – it really works.
Go HERE for a complete list of gift cards that Kroger offers… and let the FUNdraising begin.
…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….
As you do your holiday shopping, please remember to use the McGuffey Amazon.com link. Simply start your session by clicking the Amazon logo in the upper right-hand corner of any page on the McGuffey website. This will take you straight to Amazon, but your transaction will be tagged with McGuffey’s ID. We typically receive 6% of your final purchase price, which can add up to quite a bit over time.
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.
Please note, McGuffey will not receive a percentage of items saved in your cart during a previous session. If you can, take a moment to take the items out of your cart and replace them.
Using the Amazon link raised hundreds of dollars last year by simply taking the time to make one extra click. Please support us with this simple fundraising effort!
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.