On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Manhattan Country School’s two 5-6s classes celebrated the 100th Day of School. This annual observance showcases 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 poster with 100 images of black women, a flag made out of 100 condiment packets, a hanging display of 100 paperclips, a collection of 100 drawings of superheros and a photo album with 100 baby pictures.
Families were invited to visit the classroom Tuesday morning to join the students in the 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 pieces of each ingredient. Students and guests engaged in math activities, including skip counting to 100. Visitors were challenged to guess which jar contained 100 items. Later in the day, 5-6s Norte hosted fellow schoolmates and many MCS faculty and staff members.
5-6s Sur also welcomed guests to their classroom to witness the many ways they celebrated 100. They counted to 100 by ones, twos and fives, and hosted a Hundreds Museum. Exhibits included structures made with 100 Legos and artwork made with 100 pegs. The students also built objects using smaller groups of materials (e.g. 25 Mobilos, snap cubes or magnetic pattern blocks). These creations were displayed together to make collective groups of 100.
5-6s Sur participated in 100 minutes of reading, with 10 guests from the MCS community reading to the class for 10 minutes each. The children were so excited to meet new grownups and to recognize familiar faces. Maiya, MCS' Upper School director, read her favorite book from her childhood (which is also Laleña’s!), Who’s A Pest? by Crosby Newall Bonsall. Next, Shani, the fifth-grade teacher, read The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood, complete with sound effects and help from the 5-6s. Then Mary, the Lower School director, read two chapters from the classic, Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel.
After snack, Bonnie, who is a learning specialist for older children in the Lower School, read Max’s Words by Kate Banks, a charming story of siblings and the power of story. Then Flannery, MCS' seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher read Yo Soy el Durazno by Luis de Noriega en español. Before lunch, Amanda, MCS' food program coordinator, read Potluck by Anne Shelby. Angela, MCS' communications director, who has a six-year-old at home, shared a book that she bought for her child when he was five. Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker was a huge hit with our five- and six-year olds. MCS Director Michéle read Fiesta by Ginger Foglesong Guy, a book that counts in both English and Spanish, After rest, Donovan, the Upper School choral director, sang as he read his book, The Spiffiest Giant in Town, by Julia Donaldson. Nancy Hsu, the MCS Fund and special events manager, finished with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by the ever-popular Mo Willems.