Read-a-Thon 2017 Begins

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Our gnome-friend Reade visited all of our classrooms yesterday to kick off our annual Read-a-Thon fundraiser. The Read-a-Thon is a fundraiser for our school library and summer reading books. It works through sponsors; this year, sponsors will give money based on how many minutes a child reads (or is read to) each day. Your child will bring home a booklet to list sponsors and log all those minutes.

After a quick speech from Reade, students met with their partners (Lower Elementary with Middle School, and Primary with Upper Elementary) to spend some time reading together. Pictured above are the Lower Elementary/Middle School partners.

McGuffey’s Read-a-Thon goal for this year is to read for a collective 1,440 minutes, or one full day!

Posted in fundraising, language arts, Lower Elementary, McGuffey, Middle School, partners

Primary Studies Ghana

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Primary recently continued their exploration of Africa by shifting their focus to Ghana. Although it is a small country, about twice the size of Ohio, it has many unique characteristics. It is where the well-known kente cloth originated, woven on looms by the Ashanti people, as well as other arts and crafts.

Ghana is home to the Kakum National Park and its canopy walkway, which allows pedestrians a unique view of the rainforest at the canopy level. We were also very excited to discover that Ghana is the world’s second largest producer of cacao!

Primary students spent a week exploring Ghana with books, photos, artifacts, and games.

Posted in Primary, social studies

The Middle School Trip Wraps Up


The Middle School trip to St. Louis wrapped up on Thursday with the students planning the day themselves. Before the trip the class was given a list of St. Louis attractions and were encouraged to look them over and think about which they were most interested in seeing.

The St. Louis Zoo and St. Louis Art Museum were the two attractions chosen by the students. These destinations also gave us an opportunity to work on the Practical Life skill of taking public transportation.

It was then time to bid farewell to St. Louis and we all walked down to the Greyhound station for the long overnight journey home.

St. Louis was a fun and exciting week, but still, our Middle School students cheered when the bus driver said “Miami University” as we entered campus.

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More Fun in St. Louis


It’s our second full day in St. Louis with the Middle School students, and the major attraction of the day was the City Museum:

“Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike.”

With caves to crawl through, sculptures to climb on, and even a 10-story slide, the students had an active day. After the museum, everyone headed back to the apartments for a little “chill” time.

Tonight we will go to Escape the Room St. Louis for some challenging puzzles and more fun as we try to decipher the clues to escape the room in an hour.

Posted in field trip, Middle School, outside, practical life

Middle School Students on the Road


Our Middle School students (Grades 6-8) are out and about on their annual spring trip. This year’s destination is St. Louis, Missouri.

On our first full day we participated in a mock trial of the Dred Scott case; visited the Gateway Arch; took a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River; and visited the Kosciusko Graffiti Wall (a space for street artists to legally express themselves). It was a fun-filled day!

Check back tomorrow to follow along as our trip continues.

Posted in field trip, Middle School, outside, practical life, upper unit

You Are Needed for a Painting Party!


Calling all painters! We need your help building and painting sets for the musical. Students and parents are needed and no experience is necessary.

When: Saturday, April 8, 2:00-6:00
and Sunday, April 9, 1:00-5:00

Where: The Duvall’s house (ask a staff member if you need directions)

Additional information: Parents need to stay with kids grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2 &3. BYO snacks and drinks and wear old clothes.

Posted in announcements, music, parents

Meet the Cast of “Singin’ in the Rain”

Passersby caught in a rain shower.

From left to right: Kathy, Monumental Pictures’ up-and-coming movie starlet; Cosmo, Don’s hilarious best friend and piano player; Don, the dashing movie actor.

A silly movie audience.

Broadway hoofers.

Assistant to the director.

Serious students of elocution and their teacher.

A movie star with her best friend and manager.

The rowdy stagehands.

From left to right: The butler, the movie producer, and a starstruck reporter.

Our students will perform “Singin’ in the Rain” on May 4 and 5 at the Oxford Community Arts Center.

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An Outdoor Work Period in Lower Elementary

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We had such beautiful weather on our first day back from Spring Break that students in Lower Elementary spent their afternoon work period in their outdoor classroom. They could choose any indoor work and bring it out (the most popular choices yesterday were Writer’s Workshop and silent reading books), or they could choose to build and create either in the sandbox or with the wooden Outlast blocks.

As the weather continues to warm up, Lower Elementary will be opening their outdoor classroom more often during work periods. When this happens, students tend to move some of the work that they would normally do at a table or desk indoors to our cluster of picnic tables outdoors.

Posted in language arts, Lower Elementary, outside, sensorial

Learning About Fish in Primary

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Students in Primary recently continued their exploration of the animal kingdom by discussing fish. They used a fish skeleton to see that fish are vertebrates, with a clearly defined backbone. They saw that fins help a fish balance, steer, and stop. They observed metal discs in a jar and watched what happened when they shook the jar. The swirling discs helped explain why fish school, the large mass of activity confusing and intimidating predators.

Students have had the opportunity to explore fish through models, skeletons, puzzles, and books. A student from Lower Elementary loaned us his fish for the week so we could observe at our leisure. He also came in to tell the class a bit more about his fish and answer questions.

Posted in Primary, science

Pokémon Club Meets Tomorrow at Lane Library


Pokémon Trading Card Game Club meets tomorrow (Sunday) at the Oxford Lane Library from 1-3pm. Tomorrow’s meeting is scheduled to be held in the Havighurst Meeting Room (upstairs). Should we be moved to a different space, we will post a notice on the front door of the library.

You can always check this page on our website for Pokémon Club dates and times. Our next meeting after tomorrow is on April 2.

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