During day three at the Glen, students continued to explore the natural world and its inhabitants. We watched and identified birds, visited the Raptor Center for an up close visit with an American kestrel, and played some cooperative games to build our teamwork.
Thursday’s 4:30s brought some old favorites: sticks (the Glen Helen version of capture the flag) and cookie baking!
Friday is the last day at the Glen. It’s been a great week of outdoor fun and we’re all looking forward to seeing our families on Friday.
The all-day hike meant fewer pictures on the trail but the kids enjoyed their day out in the Glen. When they returned we had a fun batch of 4:30s including building primitive shelters and meeting the reptiles of the Glen. The night ended with a campfire outside our dorm and some night-time tag games.
Thursday brings more exploration and the always popular night hike!
McGuffey students arrived at Glen Helen Tuesday and were welcomed by the Glen’s naturalists. Shortly after, students were able to head out on their first hikes of the week.
Everyone had fun during Glen Helen’s 4:30 activities, a time when students choose what kind of projects they want to do. In the evening we were treated to a fun night of skits. We can’t wait for the all-day hike on Wednesday!
The Upper Elementary students and teachers are off to Glen Helen! In keeping with McGuffey tradition, the entire school came out to cheer them on. Middle Schoolers volunteered to load bags into the back of the bus. Thank you, Gelen Helen, for what will be an incredible week of adventure, learning, and fun.
This year Upper Elementary is having “board game time” once a month on a Wednesday afternoon. It is a nice social period that allows them to spend time with a student they might not always work with.
Cooperation, friendly competition, discussing rules, taking turns, and listening to peers are abilities that are strengthened by playing games together. This time helps to foster these social skills that will help our students succeed in life.
McGuffey Montessori is seeking staff for our Extended Care program. During Extended Care, which includes before and after school care, students spend time outside and are part of a “neighborhood” setting with friends of all ages and the choice of individual or group play. See our employment page for information and instructions on how to apply.
Congratulations to Andrea Taulbee, Primary Lead Teacher, for receiving the 2023 Oxford Diversity Educator of the Year award. Andrea exemplifies the definition of the award; a teacher “who promotes equality and fairness, demonstrates appreciation for diversity, exemplifies acceptance of all people, and challenges others to broaden their perspectives.”
The Oxford NAACP Education Committee granted $200 for Andrea to use to provide educational materials promoting diversity awareness for McGuffey students.
Trivia Night had a triumphant return! Parents, staff, and McGuffey friends gathered in teams to raise money and have a fantastic time. Themes included Fast Food, Mardi Gras, The Addams Family and more. The brand new Fancy Pants Bake Sale brought in over $1,000 on it’s own!
We are grateful to the following bakers for donating their delicious treats to our first annual Fancy Pants Bake Sale: Bigham Artisan Breads and Pastry, The Oxford Donut Shop, Dairy Queen, and Kelly’s Bakery. Thank you also to parents who baked and donated goodies.
Until next year and save the date: February 3, 2024!
SOAR Program is an all-school running and walking program that inspires fun and fitness during the noontime recess. Students may seek sponsors to pay them for distance covered to raise funds for the school playground and sometimes other non-profits. Look … Continue reading →