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 of winter work and fun in the Catskills. The 4-5s practiced singing “Woke Up This Morning With My Mind Set on Freedom,” and the sixth grade announced the title of the play they will share at the MLK assemblies: "Black Rights Matter: The Journey to Freedom." The eighth grade continued to develop speeches supporting the theme of the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March: “We Will Not Be Silenced: A Call to Action.”
There couldn’t be a more energizing way to welcome in a new year, and feel excited about the kind of community we’re busy building every minute, every hour and every day. I look forward to our gatherings at this time of year. At the same time I gain even greater appreciation for a place that doesn’t wait for the MLK holiday to teach lessons about the long and ongoing struggles for justice. Alumni stop by with stories about the ways they’ve found their education at MCS useful after graduation.
Families, faculty and staff, and students building our growing community on 85th Street are adapting familiar routines and suggesting new ones.
- The addition of an MLK March chorus, a sign-making committee and crossing guards offer opportunities for broad community engagement.
- MCS administrators and faculty have taken leadership roles in an Equity and Social Justice in Our Schools Roundtable, PENNY (Progressive Education Network – New York) and various initiatives of NYCORE (New York Collaborative of Radical Educators).
- Parents, faculty, administrators, students, and alumni will join the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, as well as local rallies.
What better way to show, by example, that 50 years after our founding there were many good reasons to create a place called Manhattan Country School. Happy Anniversary MCS, and welcome to 2017!