A Special Post

If you're a prekindergarten student you may have a new post. That is to say, you may be posting a letter to the mail or receiving one the old fashioned way.  Children in PrK are learning about postmen and the postal system, and teachers and the McDonogh community have been invited to participate. Contact the PrK team, if you'd like to be a part of this new and exciting communication.

Monday, 1/9

Winter Art Projects

Students in McDonogh's PrK, K, and First grade classes joyfully created winter art projects using paints and other materials, as seen in the examples below.

Sunday, 12/18, 2016

Being Grateful

First grade participated in a service activity this past November. Here they are shown working with parent volunteers and packing treats for homeless families in Baltimore city. Also, kindergarten students are shown making a "thank you" art piece after viewing a video clip of Todd Parr sharing ideas about Gratitude.

Friday, 12/2, 2016

Pep Rally

Students across all divisions participated in the McDonogh pep rally in advance of the weekend football game against Gilman. The day was perfect for the walk to the stadium, where high school students led cheers and step dances to create a wonderfully spirited atmosphere.

Monday, 11/14, 2016

Museum Trip

Prefirst students enjoyed a trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art. The docents took the children on a Parts of Art tour, and students experienced a variety of engaging works that left them wanting to go back to the museum again.

Monday, 11/14, 2016

Beautiful Day for a Parade

Lower School enjoyed an afternoon all dressed up with places to go. Students began their walk by traveling to the Horn theater for a show filled with skits, song, and dance. Following the show children joined their parents and teachers to parade around campus in their wonderful costumes on an absolutely beautiful day!

Thursday, 11/3, 2016

Practice Makes Perfect

McDonogh students worked together to help each other during an evacuation drill last week. The students helped the youngest practice staying calm and organized in the event an evacuation would ever be necessary. The drills went smoothly, and who knows, maybe a moment of serendipity occurred, and we now have a student or two who want to be EMT's or firemen.
Monday, 10/10, 2016

Rainy Day Recess

Students may wonder, "How high can I go" as they enjoy blocks and other games during a rainy day recess. The sky is the limit, and so are the hopes and dreams of our lower schoolers.

Thursday, 9/29, 2016


Lower school students explore and find joy in their discoveries. Here two kindergarten students look on with curiosity. First a student notices each of the caterpillars in the jar have begun the first stages of building their chrysalises and formed the letter "J".  Also, a student studies her features in a mirror before creating a self portrait.

Here is an added photo of children excited to see the development of another chrysalis.

Thursday, 9/22, 2016


Lower School chapel was held this past Friday, and students sang songs as part of the the Mindfulness unit that is being highlighted throughout the school. Students are learning the value of "being present" through books and lessons in and out of their classrooms.
Monday, 9/19, 2016

Aquapalooza Fun

Lower school children enjoyed the fun of running through sprinklers, playing games, and sliding on water slides, during a perfect September Friday afternoon. The students were rewarded with the fun and games after reading many books over the summer, and the good reading habits are continuing now that school year has begun.

Friday, 9/9, 2016

School Year Begins

Children arrive on the first days of school eager to meet their new teachers, reconnect with their friends, and greet the challenges and joys of the new year.

Friday, 9/2, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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, 2016

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

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