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Posted on Friday, November 18, 2016
Thanksgiving Assembly
The Thanksgiving assembly has a long history at MCS. Marty Trowbridge shared this memory with Donavon and Susan recently: “The feeling of togetherness and common purpose is what made this celebration a tradition, and it became the foundation for all MCS assemblies and all-school gatherings. There is nothing so powerful as the whole school being together.” Marty has that right. Getting ready for this year’s assembly, we are making adjustments to the new assembly space in our gym to achieve the...
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2016
MCS Assembly
Dear MCS Community, Presidential elections always attract the interest of the Manhattan Country School community, particularly our inquisitive, socially conscious students and faculty. Our history and our mission provide a context for elections. Our curriculum and ways of teaching shape children’s growing understanding of how democracy works when equity and diversity, justice and peace are part of the conversation. Developing a strong voice is a special focus at MCS, as is youthful enthusiasm...
Posted on Friday, November 4, 2016
Michele Sola, MCS Director
Tuesday, November 8 is our annual Parents’ Visiting Day. Manhattan Country School originally chose to hold this event the same day as Election Day because MCS families who were public employees were free to come. Their workplaces in public schools, city offices and the like were closed. This year, our first in a new neighborhood, brings that history to mind. The Brandeis High School Campus (our neighbor on 85th Street) is a polling site. As you are walking to MCS Tuesday morning, there are...
Posted on Friday, November 4, 2016
Editor’s Note: On Friday, October 28, 2016, Manhattan Country School faculty and staff traveled to the MCS Farm for their first Staff Workshop Day of the school year. While there, they had the chance to participate in some of the activities MCS students experience during their farm trips, including cooking, gardening, cider making, chopping wood and creating textiles. In the following piece, MariaTere Tapias-Avery, the Lower School Spanish teacher, describes the planning of the textile activity...
Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2016
Fifth-graders celebrate Halloween in Roxbury
Cultural immersion is a way for people to understand the customs, practices, rituals and language of the people of a particular location. Learning by doing is the ultimate intercultural learning. Manhattan Country School students have long been immersed in the rural culture of the Catskill Mountains. Living, working and playing at the MCS Farm allows our kids to experience a way of life in a place that is quite different than their urban homes. MCS fifth-graders had an opportunity to...

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