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

Maryland State Artists

Three Lower School Artists were selected to show their work at the Walter's in Maryland's Art Education Association's art exhibition. The pieces were shown alongside works by 160 students in varying grades from public and private schools across the state.

Sunday, 1/18, 2015

Self Expression and Selflessness in the New Year

The chapel theme for kindergarten through first grade on the first day back in January centered around the value of self expression. Art and music were highlighted as examples of ways we can share our feelings and uniqueness with others. Later in the week first grade students engaged in selfless acts by creating warm blankets that will be delivered to people in need during the cold winter nights.

Friday, 1/9, 2015

Young Artists Exhibit at the Walter's Museum

This Sunday some of our lower school artists were recognized during the opening of an AIMS Lower School Art Exhibit, which was held at the prestigious Walters Art Museum.
Coordinated by Joan Newcomer, student works from more than 15 AIMS schools across the state were exhibited in the Sculpture Court of the Gallery, and they will continue to be on display through December 13th. The event and its organizers shined a remarkable light on the arts, as they embraced the artists, their families, teachers, and friends, during this spectacular occasion.

Monday, 11/24, 2014

Rights of Others

This week Lower School students put their time and effort into learning about the rights of others. Whether looking at people around the world, close at home, or thinking about the world's smallest living creatures, students gained a strong sense of passion and empathy throughout their studies. Here fourth graders made posters and figures with thoughtful words to express an understanding of children's rights.

Friday, 11/21, 2014

Halloween Characters

Some students and teachers arrive in character and begin the day with a smile. Miss Frizzle, a Dragon, and a Candy Machine are only the beginning of the Halloween fun, as a lower school assembly and parade are planned for later in the afternoon.

Friday, 10/31, 2014

Field trip to the Walter's Museum

First grade students had an exciting day this past week. They visited the Walter's Art Museum where they learned about animals and how they can be depicted in art. After the tour students then boarded the bus and went on to spend the afternoon at the zoo. It was a fun-filled, fantastic day!

Monday, 10/27, 2014

Dudley Hall

Here one student and teacher welcome those entering Dudley Hall where a pumpkin has been growing.  On this day students would later take a hayride to the Roots Garden with their science teacher to harvest the many pumpkins that have been growing, since the beginning of the school year.
Saturday, 10/4, 2014


Friendships blossom on the playground, and these two friends shared a smile and some fallen pink petals that they found under a bush.

Wednesday, 9/17, 2014

Third Grade Shoe Shine Day

Third grade students invited family and friends to get a shoe shine after reading The Shoeshine Girl and learning about compassion. Proceeds from their event will go toward the making of fleece blankets to comfort cancer patients.

Tuesday, 9/16, 2014

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