Summer Creativity

Second Grade Students finished the year making creative mosaics. Some even took paper tiles home to continue creating projects over the summer. 
May summer provide time for creative and relaxing opportunities.

Wednesday, 6/15

Lower School Closing Ceremony and Graduation

Rain may have brought this year's ceremony inside, but the day was glorious and filled with shining moments. Mrs. Robins shared words of advice written by our fourth grade students, and through celebration, song, music, and the traditional passing of the grade banners, our students all graduated to their next year of study.  Summer is now in session, and we will be back in the Fall for more learning and discovery. 

Sunday, 6/5

Appreciation from "Owl" of Mrs. Alperstein's Class

Teachers were treated with a wonderful appreciation lunch by parents this past Friday. After lunch one first grade teacher came back to her room only to find an added dose of appreciation. The door was decorated by the students in appreciation of all they'd learned from their wise and wonderful teacher, Mrs. Alperstein.

Friday, 5/20

Be The Best of Whatever You Are

Students in McDonogh's youngest grades have been singing and learning the words to Douglass Malloch's Poem, Be the Best of Whatever You Are. In the art room they collaborated to provide artwork and music to create a visual depiction of the poem. Below are some examples of the children's work.

Friday, 5/20

Math Explosion

The overcast weather did not put a damper on the lower school's Math Explosion led by math specialist, Mrs. Little. The day was planned for Pk through 4 in the format of  "The Amazing Race" and students worked in groups to solve math challenges. Food and beverages were also provided by an amazing group of parent volunteers who also manned the math stations.

Thursday, 5/5

Second Grader Becomes Headmaster for a Day

The Second grader below led the school as honorary headmaster for a day. He gave free-dress as his first order of business, and he greeted the students during morning arrival. The busy day also included meetings and tours with Mr. Britton.

Saturday, 4/30

Trips to the BMA

 First grade students toured the Baltimore Museum of Art in search of artistic animals. They found many, and then continued their search for animals at the Baltimore zoo. 
It was a full day of furry feathery fun.

Fourth grade also toured the museum looking for examples of how one could "Imagine Home". It was a great trip with lots of examples for the students to study, think about, and share meaningful stories about art.

Friday, 4/15

Spring Blossoms

Inspired by the blossoms blooming on campus, Kindergarten Students looked at Van Gogh's Almond Blossom Painting and made their own blossom trees.

Friday, 4/8

Advocating for Self and Others

Students from PreKindergarten to Fourth grade assembled this past Friday to learn about advocating for self and others. Fourth grade students led the conversation and shared videos to give examples of children sticking up for each other, whether bullying or just making common sense decisions. Additional photo shows fourth grade self regulating their math lesson, by working on decomposing fractions and answering the math message.

Tuesday, 2/23

Learning is Fun

Kindergarten students prepare a chocolate-iced house with their teacher in advance of their reading lesson on the Three Little Pigs. Students will build lasting relationships, as they cooperate and build their houses made of straw, sticks, and bricks (crackers, pretzels, and red licorice).
Wednesday, 1/6

Bring in the New Year

These kindergarten students brought in the New Year with a smile and a creation. They are wearing their New Year's Resolution crowns, and whether their resolution is to read more books, help in the kitchen, or climb on the monkey bars, it will be an exciting new year in the lower school.

Tuesday, 1/5

Season of Love

As holidays approach and we take time to appreciate the loving support that surrounds us,   Kindergarten students walked with their teachers to the Horn theater to sing for their Grandparents on Grandparents' Day.  May the season allow us to "Celebrate Love in the World," as the handmade poster reads from the K-2 class.

Wednesday, 12/9, 2015

Stuff A Bus

McDonogh and Gilman came together in advance of their 100th game rivalry to do good deeds for the community. In addition to working together to renovate a city playground, the students also brought canned foods in to stuff a bus for Baltimore area food banks.

Friday, 11/6, 2015

Baltimore Museum Trip

Prefirst students enjoyed a trip to the BMA where the "Parts of Art" were found in paintings, mobiles, sculptures, decorative Cone Sister memorabilia, and more. Students were intrigued by the works they saw, and they asked questions with great curiosity. Most wanted to see more and hope to make plans to go visit again with their parents.

Sunday, 11/1, 2015

Blankets of Hope

Third grade students were ready and excited to contribute their time to make blankets for cancer patients and others in need. Service is a big part of the McDonogh compass, and here the children are preparing for the big "Day of Hope". They will also be working with high school students to produce the blankets.

Friday, 10/16, 2015

Looking Closely

Some of our youngest students learn about themselves and their classmates as they progress through an "All About Me" unit  in kindergarten. Here two students have completed a self portrait sketch.

Monday, 10/12, 2015


Lower School Teachers and staff wanted to show their appreciation for all the work the Housekeeping, Maintenance, and Grounds Crews do to help make our days beautiful and bright. Led by Mrs. Hood and Ms. Nickolaus a package of goodies were distributed to say "Thanks!"
Friday, 10/2, 2015

Apples to the Rescue

First grade students took a field trip to an apple farm and brought back sacks full that will be donated to a rescue mission in Westminster.

Wednesday, 9/23, 2015

Eagle Eye

The old walnut tree on the hill by the lower school playground is being transformed, and an eagle is emerging. The eagle will keep a watchful eye on the children as they play on the playground and venture between Elderkin Hall and St. John Student Center.

Wednesday, 9/16, 2015

The New Year Begins

Excitement and a welcome tone were in the air to begin the first day of school, as bus buddies walked together to their classrooms.

Wednesday, 9/2, 2015

Looking at Heritage and Ancestry

Fourth grade students shared stories and discoveries about their heritage and ancestry. From learning about a grandfather who received a Purple Heart to stories about immigrating to America, students got a new appreciation of their personal pasts and the pasts of their peers. While parents and other classes toured the halls and library to learn about these stories, third grade students interviewed their older counterparts and brought clip boards to take notes.

Monday, 4/27, 2015

Taking In the Book Sale and Some Fresh Air

Patrons organized a book donation and book sale, and students lined up to hear about the many selections available. Chapter books were some of the favorites for these third grade students.
Later first grade students enjoyed the new green grass and shared time together, maybe even talking about the new books they received earlier in the day.

Friday, 4/24, 2015

Spring Adventures

With the welcome of spring weather added creativity blossoms in the Lower School. April 17th Students will share musical accomplishments and visual creations during the Adventure with the Arts Day. Schedules for class tours and performances have been posted and sent to families, and the show will be up during Alumni Weekend for added opportunities to view the students' creative and heartfelt works.

Tuesday, 4/14, 2015

Stories to Warm Your Heart

Mr. Grega came back on a cold afternoon to share stories with our lower school students. Recess was held indoors due to below zero temperatures, and here students from first and second grade sat together in the library to hear stories that held exciting adventures and thoughtful lessons.

Friday, 2/20, 2015

Math and Art

Ninth grade students built trapezoids in their class, and connected with lower school art students to create a temporary arch during a Valentine's Day Lunch. Children passed through the arch and enjoyed the colorful decorations designed by some our second grade artists.

Thursday, 2/12, 2015

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