Category Archives: outside

A Visiting Performance of Sleeping Beauty

Earlier this week, we were treated to a performance of Sleeping Beauty by the Windy City Players. This Chicago-based touring group has come to us several times and is a wonderful addition to McGuffey’s Theater program. Our students were not only … Continue reading

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SOARing at McGuffey

It’s Fall and SOAR is in the air! SOAR, or Students Outside And Running, is an all-school running and walking program that inspires fun and fitness during the noontime recess and P.E. for two weeks. The entire McGuffey community takes laps … Continue reading

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Imaginative Play in Lower Elementary

Earlier this year, we shared some photos of Lower Elementary students building various things in their outdoor classroom with our new Outlast blocks. Although the newness appeal of these blocks has begun to fade ever so slightly for some students, we have … Continue reading

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A Glimpse into Lower Elementary’s Work Period

Students in Lower Elementary have been delving deeper into the Albanesi Mathematics Curriculum over the past week, as well as continuing their work with Ingrid on growing their own succulent plants. We’ve also been working hard on time management skills, … Continue reading

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Starting Succulent Plants with Ingrid

Today, Ingrid dropped by Lower Elementary to teach the students there about succulent plants and to help them start growing their own. Succulent plants are generally thicker and hardier than other plants, and they require little water. Think of a … Continue reading

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Town Hall Meeting 2016

Today, we held our annual start-of-the-year Town Hall Meeting with students from all classrooms at McGuffey. Our theme this year was community. As has become tradition, our meeting started off with an open mic for anyone who wanted to tell a joke. … Continue reading

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Lower Elementary’s Expanded Outdoor Classroom

Lower Elementary’s outdoor classroom was expanded at the end of the summer in order to encompass more space for running, as well as to enclose the patio and garden areas. Students have been taking great advantage of all the extra room… … Continue reading

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Rhythm Circle

This year, Grade 6 students will spend the first part of the year’s Music classes participating in a Rhythm Circle. Guided by Elizabeth, the members of the group join together in creating group rhythms. If you’ve been in a Drum … Continue reading

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Primary Welcomes Back Returning Students

It’s always exciting to see familiar faces walking through the door. One of the most wonderful things about teaching a mixed-age classroom is seeing children grow and mature. Primary staff were thrilled to see their returning students settle right back into old friendships … Continue reading

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Day 2 of Slow Start in Lower Elementary

  Today was the second day of our Slow Start program in Lower Elementary and Primary! Here are some snapshots from the day in Lower Elementary. Returning students in Grades 2 and 3 enjoyed spending time with familiar works and … Continue reading

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