On Thursday, March 9, Manhattan Country School’s two 5-6s classes celebrated the 100th Day of School. This annual observance highlighted the students’ creativity and developing math skills.
In preparation for the big day, students in 5-6s Norte worked on family projects that involved creating something using 100 items. Some examples included a tree made of 100 dental floss sticks, a student's name spelled with 100 guitar picks, a display of 100 balloons, a picture of a shark complete with 100 shark teeth and a display of 100 velcroed batteries.
Families were invited to visit the classroom Thursday morning to join the students in a 100th Day of School celebration. The room was decorated with chains made of 100 paper links. Guests were treated to a special trail mix made with 100 of each of the following ingredients: Cheerios, chocolate chips, raisins and marshmallows. There were numerous books about the 100th Day of School available for reading and students and guests engaged in math activities, including skip counting to 100. Assistant teacher Lesly led the kids in doing 10 different exercises 10 times. Visitors were challenged to guess which of four jars contained 100 beans. In the afternoon, 5-6s Norte hosted 4-5s Este, the 8-9s and many MCS faculty and staff members.
5-6s Sur also welcomed their families and MCS students, faculty and staff to their classroom to witness the many ways they celebrated 100. Exhibits included artwork made with 100 dots, structures made with 100 Legos and designs made with 100 blocks of different shapes. The students also built objects using smaller groups of materials (e.g. 10 Mobilos, 25 Flexiblocks). These creations were displayed together to make collective groups of 100.
Continuing a tradition from MCS’ time on 96th Street, 5-6s Sur hosted 10 (actually 11) special guest readers, who each read for ten minutes (one pair read together). The read-a-thon began with Karen, our sixth-grade teacher and co-director of City Camp, who read A Giraffe and a Half. Amanda and Joe, who work in the MCS kitchen, read The Unbeatable Bread. Maiya, our Upper School director, read Who’s A Pest?, a childhood favorite of hers (and Laleña’s!). Anisah, who worked with the 5-6s last year and is currently with the 6-7s, read The Dark. Angela, our communications director, came to read A Pocket for Corduroy, before returning to the 100s Museum with her camera that afternoon. Nicole, who is teaching the 8-9s, got to meet the class and read The Whisperer. Mary, our Lower School director, read No Roses for Harry and Nancy H., our parent fundraising and special events coordinator, came to introduce herself and read Ada Twist, Scientist. Alaina, the Upper School science teacher, read And Tango Makes Three, an exciting book for all the children who are familiar with the Central Park Zoo, and their day was rounded out by a fairly new face to MCS, Matilde, our database associate, who read a Madeline book. The children were thrilled to get to meet so many new faces and see some folks they recognize, and it was so lovely to have so many members of the MCS community join us in our celebration.