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Posted on Friday, January 20, 2017
Backstrap weaving
Backstrap weaving is an ancient fiber art practiced for centuries in Central and South America and China. Weaving has historically been a way for artists to communicate feelings and tell stories with the use of patterns and symbols. It’s also a time-honored tradition for fifth-grade students at the Manhattan Country School Farm. The students take a multi-step approach to creating their cloth. They choose their yarn colors and sley the strands through a reed or heddle during the fall Farm...
Posted on Friday, January 20, 2017
Manhattan Country School kids are super aware under any circumstances. One teacher described them as super saturated with the news today. There is palpable empathy for the targets of bias attacks, and renewed understanding of complex emotional, intellectual and activist responses in our homes, neighborhoods and across the world. Yesterday, our Student Council members discussed whether MCS classes should watch the inauguration. The group was split 50/50. Curiosity and some compelling arguments...
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017
MCS Farm Ski Trip
Sliding on snow, be it on skis, sleds, a snowboard or your belly is a cultural tradition in northern climates. Manhattan County School  seventh- and eighth-grade students had the opportunity to learn the sports of skiing and snowboarding at Belleayre Mountain during their winter Farm trips. Some students had never experienced this sport, while others had. The day started with lessons based on previous experience and skill level. The quality instruction by Belleayre Snowsports helped students...
Posted on Friday, January 6, 2017
Michele Sola, MCS Director
Welcome to 2017! Thank you for such generosity of spirit and appreciation as we said goodbye to 2016. It is impressive to take stock of the many contributions to MCS in the first few months of the school year—innumerable volunteer hours, donations to the MCS Fund, gifts for faculty and staff. After a two-week hiatus, students are settled back into routines at school, and January traditions fill our thoughts, our ears and our hearts. The Farm bus took seventh- and eighth-graders off for a week...
Posted on Friday, January 6, 2017
Honey Bee Hive at MCS Farm
The MCS Farm has acquired a second beehive, thanks to Cathy Cammer, farming teacher, program coordinator, and resident beekeeper. She entered a contest and won a new beehive kit from Hudson Valley Bee Supply valued at $280. Cathy introduced honey bees to the lower garden of the MCS Farm in the Spring of 2016. We purchased our supplies from Hudson Valley Bee Supply and have benefitted from their vast experience and knowledge.   Our honey bee colony thrived over the summer and fall,...